News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

May 13, 2006

Death-penalty abolitionists note stay of death sentences

Instead of a grim week of back-to-back vigils outside the federal execution chamber in Terre Haute, an Indiana group of death-penalty abolitionists had cause to celebrate, they said.

Members of the Indiana Information Center for the Abolition of Capital Punishment met at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Saturday to signify the lack of executions this week at the Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute.

Home to the only federal death chamber in the U.S., the prison is where inmates who have been sentenced to death by the federal government go to be executed.

This past week would have been a busy one for the federal prison, as three executions by lethal injection were scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

None of the three deaths was carried out, after U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle issued a stay of execution in February for co-defendants James H. Roane Jr., Richard Tipton and Cory Johnson.

Members of the IICACP, based out of Indianapolis, conduct vigils for executions that occur in Indiana, sometimes standing outside a prison all night holding candles to spread awareness for their cause.

Before the three scheduled executions were stayed, abolitionists planned to spend a grim week in Terre Haute.

The vigils can be draining and usually are unpopular, according to Glenda Breeden, an IICACP member as well as secretary of the Bloomington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Breeden said while she doesn’t agree, she does understand the desire to end the lives of those who are convicted of committing heinous crimes.

“But just because [some] think they deserve to die doesn’t give us the right to do the killing,” she said. “We can surely hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Priscilla Hutton, a trained psychologist who gives spiritual direction to prisoners at the Rockville Women’s Prison, was invited to attend Saturday’s meeting.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Video Shows Smiling American Bomber in Syria Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Today in History for July 28th
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity