Thomas H. Kimbell, Jr., became the 101st former death row inmate to be cleared of charges and freed since 1973. Kimbell had been convicted and sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of four members of a family in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania in 1994. However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2000 because evidence which might have thrown doubt on his guilt was not admitted at trial. Kimbell was acquitted of all charges at his re-trial on May 3. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/4/02). Kimbell is the 3rd former death row inmate to be freed this year and the 4th person in Pennsylvania since the death penalty was reinstated.
Napoleon was 17 at the time of the crime and sentencing. The United States, and Texas specifically, continues to execute juvenile offenders even though the entire industrialized west has condmened and rescinded the practice. Napoleon won a stay of execution in August of last year, and we need to work for another stay and a commutation. His date has been set for May 28th 2002. The CEDP has a couple of events scheduled, and we encourage everyone to get involved.
FIGHT FOR NAPOLEON’S LIFE!
Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30pm. Learn about Napoleon’s
case and what we can do to save him. Location:
Carver Library (1161 Angelina St.)
Tuesday, May 21st at 5:30pm. RALLY TO SAVE NAPOLEON!!
Location: Governor’s Mansion (11th and Lavaca).
Regular CEDP Organizing meeting: Sunday, May 5 at 5pm.
Location: Ruby’s BBQ (29th and Guadelupe)
Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Significant death penalty reform in Texas, including a moratorium on executions, is a viable goal if the public is educated on the death penalty system and is encouraged to contact their elected representatives to urge passage of moratorium legislation.
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