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October 30 2010 | UNITED STATES


Anthony Graves is Nation's 139th exoneree. He passed 12 years in death row

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The Abolition Times

Texas Death Row Prisoner Anthony Graves is Nation’s 139th Exoneree!

October 29, 2010

The state of Texas exonerated death row prisoner Anthony Graves on Thursday. He was wrongfully convicted of murdering a family of six in Somerville, Texas 18 years ago and sentenced to death. Robert Carter, who was executed for the crime in 2000, initially named Graves as an accomplice. However, Carter later repudiated his earlier statement repeatedly, including just minutes before his execution. Carter confessed that he had “lied on” Graves, and that Graves had not been involved in the crime. There was no evidence linking Graves to the murders or the arson, and he insisted consistently that he was innocent.


Graves is now one of 139 exonerees released from death rows nationally in the U.S. since 1973 who have been cleared. Thanks to the dogged investigation of students in the University of Houston Law Center Texas Innocence Network, and an article in Texas Monthly about the case, prosecutors conducted their own investigation and concluded that Graves was innocent. They filed a motion to dismiss the charges and Anthony Graves was released from Burleson County Jail. The District Attorney filing the motion, Bill Parham said, “He's an innocent man… There is nothing that connects Anthony Graves to this crime. I did what I did because that's the right thing to do.” Parham’s office spent five months investigating the case.

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by Mario Marazziti
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Pope Francis: “Death penalty is unacceptable”

Pope Francis addresses the authorities, the associations, the activists and the civil society gathered in Oslo on the occasion of the World Congress Against the Death Penalty through a video message.
June 21 2016
The 6th Congress Against the Death Penalty opens today in Oslo

The Community of Sant'Egidio takes part in the congress with delegations from Italy, Congo, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Indonesia

1500 attendants coming from over 80 countries. Among them, 20 ministers, 200 diplomats, members of different parliaments, scholars, lawyers, members of various associations and civil society actors
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"The laws are not perfect and judges cannot make mistakes. When you think that laws are perfect, this is the beginning of injustice", said Mgr. Suharyo

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