Saturday, July 5, 2014

Johnny Cash sings Shel Silverstein's song

"Johnny Cash - 25 Minutes To Go!"  This animated video is a bit playful with this serious subject, but we all need a sense of humor - especially when we're facing the Death Penalty - I think Kerry Lyn would get a kick out of this, and she loves Johnny Cash, as do I. He was performing the song to a group at Folsom prison, they seemed to enjoy it too. Enjoy! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kerry Lyn Dalton and Victoria Ann Thorpe, Death Row visit

Kerry Lyn and Victoria ; April 26th, 2014. Below, 4/27/14, I had another wonderful visit with my dear sister. 


Update on Kerry's case:
This June is Kerry's anniversary of 19 years living on CCWF Death Row - and yet her case has never been reviewed - no appeal after 19 years.
I ask those of you who believe the system has fail-safe checks in place to think about how this can happen.
Her case record is open to public access, find the status here:


http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=0&doc_id=1927876&doc_no=S178504


If you are newly aware of Kerry Lyn's case, there are many details on the earlier posts of this blog - ones you won't find anywhere else. Please take time to look through the posts.

A quick synopsis:
What began as a missing person's claim Autumn of 1988, grew into unsubstantiated rumors of murder (fanned by the San Diego Metropolitan Homicide Task Force, who were under pressure to solve a serial murder case).
O
ver 6 1/2 years later, Kerry was on trial with out any one even declared deceased! 
With out any physical evidence: No Body, No Blood, No Weapon, No Crime Scene, Kerry Lyn was convicted on hearsay and snitch testimony February 1995. She was given a Death sentence after the penalty phase (which commenced 5 days later and ended in 4 days).


To this day there are no forensics to question, to prove any murder or even a crime.

Kerry has continually maintained her innocence, charged in May 1992 (the claims she confessed were reported by Richard L. Cooksey, eventual lead investigator on the case, prosecuting attorney Jeff Dusek's investigator. Mr. Cooksey took the stand 5 times during Dalton's trial, to "correct" witnesses testimonies, give his theories, and to state a snitch told him there was a confession.)


Because of the frustrations with waiting for the system to correct this wrongful conviction, and believing totally in my sister's innocence, I published the trial transcripts for the public to see in the book CAGES. You can see for yourself, read the exact trial, and help us make the wheels of justice turn - they have been at a standstill for too long! 
Please help us gain Kerry Lyn her life back!! Please help me bring my sister home...Write me for more info, get involved with the case, contact officials in California, support our efforts on Kerry's behalf.

SALE! to honor Kerry Lyn's 19 years surviving Death Row, we have lowered the cost of CAGES to just $14.50 per copy!

You can purchase copies here: 



https://victoriaannthorpe.com/Page_2.html    (click the PayPal button)

Or Kindle version for just $9.95! 
http://www.amazon.com/Cages-Victoria-Thorpe-ebook/dp/B00ADF4OYU/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1401574077&sr=8-1&keywords=Victoria+Ann+Thorpe


Two of our favorite songs: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF_qbaWt3Q


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNLx7cGtfs

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It will take "FAITH" to End the Death Penalty

The executive director of the Dallas-based advocacy group Hope for Peace and Justice, a Methodist minister, and a Reverend who is on the board of directors for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP), put their feet in motion in support of life, peace, and love:


"All the arguments against the death penalty — the exonerations, the flawed convictions — have slowly turned public opinion in their favor, according to Lynn Walters, Jeff Hood and Wes Magruder, the three making the 35-mile walk."


Read more about this walk in support of abolishing the Death Penalty in Texas, here:


http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/22/5591398/fighting-death-one-step-at-a-time.html?rh=1

The walk coincided with an anti-death-penalty conference that was held at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. Sponsored by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

* This article shared with you in honor of Janet Fowler and her love for life and people.

(Thank you for sharing this article  with us Tom!!)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Update on Mr. Gentry’s status, Death Row, WA State, Walla Walla, WA State Penitentiary



Federal court removes hold on Kitsap killer's execution :
Kitsap Sun   2014/feb. 5   
“Wednesday, February 5, 2014 ... Although Judge Robert Lasnik's removal of the stay indicates, for now, the federal courts will allow the execution to take place, a state hold on Gentry's sentence still is in place until at least Wednesday and…” the article also indicated more appeals are pending dealing with retesting DNA.
This means we need to be prepared and work to express our desires to our legislators and our Governor:
Do we want to be responsible for killing another human being?
Do we want our government to be an instrument of taking the lives of its citizens? Should our State be in the business of killing?
When we have the capability of separating a person considered dangerous to society, therefore keeping both the individual and the collective safe, should we be wasting money and resources to carry out the Capital Punishment system?
Ending the Death Penalty will ensure we never chance executing an innocent person – which has been proven to be a real risk:
142 persons have been exonerated from death rows in the U.S.A.
We know we have accidentally executed other innocents…
Help restore human dignity and respect of human life by ending the death penalty.

Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty  are saying:
We come to this issue for a variety of reasons:
Some of us believe that small government and the death penalty don’t go together, especially when we compare the high costs of capital punishment to life without possibility of release.
Some of us don’t trust the state to get it right. We already know that some innocent people have been sentenced to death, and for others it may already be too late.
Some of us are disturbed by the roller coaster for family members of murder victims, or wonder why we’re investing so much in a system that doesn’t keep us any safer than the alternatives.
Some of us believe that the death penalty contradicts our values about protecting life.
And for many other reasons…
 “Conservatives have every reason to believe the death penalty system is no different from any politicized, costly, inefficient, bureaucratic, government-run operation, which we conservatives know are rife with injustice. But here the end result is the end of someone’s life. In other words, it’s a government system that kills people.”
Richard Viguerie

We are questioning a system marked by inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy.

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