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Confessions of a Prosecutor Who Sent an Innocent to Death Row

Justice deniedGlenn Ford spent 30 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to die in the electric chair, he was sent to a Louisiana penitentiary in 1985. "My sons, when I left, was babies,” he said. “Now they’re grown men with babies.” Earlier this month, he was released at age 64, but his story doesn't end happily.

He has stage-four lung cancer. He is expected to die within months. And the state of Louisiana doesn't want to pay the $330,000 it owes for destroying his life, as The Shreveport Times noted in an editorial denouncing the state's behavior.

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Gen Con threatens to move convention if Gov. signs religious freedom bill

Gen ConThe organizers of Gen Con, the city's largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs controversial religious freedom legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples.

"Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years," said Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC, in a letter sent to Pence just hours after lawmakers sent the measure to his desk.

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Oklahoma Senate considers nitrogen gas as execution method

Oklahoma statehouseOklahoma is one step closer to being the next state to allow alternate methods of execution as correctional departments increasingly run out of lethal injection drugs.

The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sent a bill to the full Senate that, if passed, would allow the state to execute death-row inmates using nitrogen gas.  The legislation, sponsored by Republicans Rep. Mike Christian and Sen. Anthony Sykes, advanced with a 8-0 vote without any debate in the committee.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy: Solitary Confinement 'Literally Drives Men Mad'

justice kennedyThe inmates and prison activists fighting solitary confinement have Supreme Court Justice and key swing vote Anthony Kennedy on their side.

While speaking before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and Federal Government on Monday, Kennedy blasted the U.S. prison system for isolating inmates.

"Solitary confinement literally drives men mad," he said in response to questions from Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.).

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Freed woman speaks out after 23 years on death row

Debra MilkeDebra Milke, the Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row for killing her son before a court decision freed her from prison, proclaimed her innocence in the first extended comments she has made to the media since her release.

"I just wanted to start off by saying I had absolutely nothing to do with the brutal murder of my son, Christopher," Milke said in a news conference Tuesday morning in Phoenix.

Murder charges against Milke were formally dismissed in a brief hearing Monday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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Bob Jones III Apologizes For Saying Gays Should Be Stoned To Death

Bob Jones apologizes for ugly bigotryBob Jones III, the controversial evangelical preacher and chancellor of Bob Jones University, has apologized for saying that gays should be stoned to death during comments made at the White House 35 years ago.

Jones, who was the university's president at the time, was delivering a petition to then-President Jimmy Carter against extending Civil Rights Act protections to gays.

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Idaho Republicans push back against LGBT rights

LGBT rights fought in IdahoIn what has rapidly become a heated and expensive public battle, the conservative leadership of Idaho’s Republican-controlled government has taken a firm stand against the expansion of LGBT civil rights in the state.

In moves that have outraged many gay rights activists and supporters – both inside and outside the state – the Idaho government has spent more than a half-million dollars of taxpayer money to defend its ban on same-sex marriage in federal courts, and could be poised to spend even more.

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