The Corey Williams Story- When the State Fails to Protect Minors with Disabilities

Read more about Corey’s story in this recent write-up in The Shreveport Times, where his attorney, Blythe Taplin had this to say:


"For an intellectually disabled, innocent, teenager to be removed from death row and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, it isn’t a victory — it’s a tragedy every day that Corey remains in prison. This state was supposed to protect kids like Corey. Given what we know now, it’s clear that we failed him."

Read the Innocence Project's Amicus brief below. 

Download this file (IPNO Amicus Brief.pdf)IPNO Amicus Brief

PJI in the Community: 5 Years of Preserving Life on Death Row

PJI and LCADP hosted an event to celebrate 5 years without executions in Louisiana. The event raised a toast to all of the allies and partners who have worked hard to end capital punishment in Louisiana, spoke with community members about the next steps toward abolition, and sent messages of hope to incarcerated men and women fighting for their lives on death row.  


The Innocence Network Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Reverse Crawford Conviction

The Innocence Network, the leading national advocate for the wrongfully convicted, has filed an amicus brief in the case of Rodricus Crawford, asserting that the victim’s death resulted not from suffocation, but from a fatal illness. The Innocence Network explains that the prosecution’s evidence was based on biased witnesses and junk science. In fact, the well-established medical literature strongly indicates that the victim died of sepsis as caused by pneumonia, and that simple tests could have proven that at trial. The Innocence Network urges the Supreme Court to reverse Mr. Crawford’s conviction and death sentence.

Loyola University's National Lawyers Guild Holds Panel on the Death Penalty

On March 2, 2014, Cecelia Kappel and Sidney Garmon opened a week's worth of discussions on the death penalty sponsored by Loyola University's National Lawyers Guild.  The panel addressed current issues surrounding the death penalty including lethal injection, the arbitrary nature of the death penalty, some of the most concerning aspect of death qualification for juries, and legislative developments. 

Sidney Garmon commented on the panel by saying "The students of Loyola University join students across the country in a week of advocacy against the death penalty. They understand the death penalty’s years are numbered. I trust their education and advocacy efforts will have ripples in the community and reach the ears of our elected officials."


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