On Friday, April 3, 2009, in Wichita, Michael Marsh entered an Alford plea in regard to the charges pending against him. Marsh's capital murder conviction and aggravated arson conviction had been vacated by the State Supreme Court in 2004. Marsh entered a guilty plea to reduced charges. The plea … [Read More...]
Senator Carolyn McGinn (R) (pictured right) published an op-ed in the March 1, 2009 edition of the Wichita Eagle. The page is no longer accessible online so, we're reprinting it from the Death Penalty Information Center.
Because of the state's budget deficit, state legislators are looking at … [Read More...]
On March 20, 2009, Cowley County District Judge Jim Pringle imposed a sentence of death on Justin Thurber, following the recommendation of the jury which had earlier convicted him of capital murder in the January 2007 death of Jodi Sanderholm. Pringle also sentenced Thurber to 176 months for … [Read More...]
* A California commission reported that the state is spending $138 million per year on a death penalty system that they described as "broken" and "close to collapse."
* A study in Maryland indicated that the state had spent $37 million for each execution when all the costs of the death penalty … [Read More...]
"Four years before he was executed, we began to correspond with Gregg Braun who killed our daughter, Mary. At first, he was belligerent with us; but later he began to release his bitterness, eventually expressing regret and apologized for killing her. We didn’t find forgiveness just by saying, ‘We … [Read More...]