Legislative Update - Action Needed!

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Legislative Update - Action Needed!

Post  Jennie on Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:05 pm

Legislative Update - Action Needed!

Two of the four bills, recommended by the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, aimed at preventing wrongful conviction (SB 1590- electronic recording and SB 1591-eyewitness line-up procedures) failed to pass out of the California Senate Appropriations Committee just a few weeks ago. Because of the severe budget crisis, the Committee determined that these important reforms cost too much.

However, the good news is that SB 1589, aimed at preventing defendants from being convicted solely on the basis of uncorroborated informant ("snitch") testimony, and AB 2937, which improves the compensation laws for the wrongfully convicted, both passed out of their respective houses.

SB 1589 is scheduled for a hearing in front of the Assembly Public Safety Committee today, and AB 2937 is scheduled for hearing in front of the Senate Public Safety committee today.

California residents, please take 30 seconds to send another letter to your legislator in support of these bills! We can't afford to let any more wrongful convictions occur. The cost of injustice is much higher than the cost of these critical reforms.

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice will be releasing its final recommendations on the death penalty on Monday, June 30th. Please stay tuned for news on this important development.



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Upcoming Events



June 28, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA
Exciting Death Penalty Panel at the Los Angeles Social Forum
Registration for the LA Social Forum Begins at 9am at Alumni Park, at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA.

Death Penalty Workshop: 9:30am -11:30am
Waite Phillips Hall, Room 205
University of Southern California (USC) (University Park Campus)
Los Angeles, CA

Panelists will include: Gloria Killian (wrongfully convicted of murder in CA) and Robert Silver

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The closest parking to Alumni Park is in Parking Structure X at USC Entrance # 3 off of Figueroa St. and McCarthy Way.

More info on the Los Angeles Social Forum: http://lasocialforum.org




July 28, 2008 - Claremont, CA
2nd Meeting of the Inland Valley Chapter of Death Penalty Focus

All persons interested in getting involved are invited to attend.

7pm - 8:30pm

The Claremont Forum
586 West First Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Call: 909 398 4471 or email: inlandvalleydpf@gmail.com






August 13, 2008 - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco DPF Chapter Meeting
You are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the San Francisco Chapter of DPF.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
870 Market St. Conference Room 838
San Francisco, CA 94102
Food and refreshments provided.
For more info, please contact Nancy at 415-346-7695.

The closest BART station is Powell. Parking information is available at: http://www.eofgarage.com/





September 9, 2008 - Stanford, CA
Dialogue on the Death Penalty: Faith Leaders Discussing Capital Punishment

Ordained faith leaders from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are invited to participate in this clergy-only luncheon on
Tuesday, September 9th
10:00am to 2:30pm

Stanford Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Dr.
Stanford, CA 94309
Map: http://www.stanford.edu/group/sufc/info/maps.html

Stanford Law Professor Lawrence C. Marshall, co-founder of the world-renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions, will be the featured speaker.

There is no charge for this clergy-only event, however space is very limited. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 4th to guarantee your space. Faith leaders from all religious traditions are welcome. PRINT A REGISTRATION FORM.

Questions? 415-243-0143 or stefanie@deathpenalty.org



September 18, 2008 - Sacramento, CA
Dialogue on the Death Penalty: Faith Leaders Discussing Capital Punishment

Ordained faith leaders from the Sacramento County area are invited to participate in this clergy-only luncheon on

Thursday, September 18th
10:00am to 2:30pm

Radisson Hotel Sacramento
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815

There is no charge for this clergy-only event, however space is very limited. Please RSVP by Friday, September 12th to guarantee your space. Faith leaders from all religious traditions are welcome.

Questions? 415-243-0143 or stefanie@deathpenalty.org
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