Witness to Innocence
Witness to Innocence and the Innocence Project has submitted an amicus brief on behalf of State Attorney Aramis Ayala in the 9th Circuit of Florida.
On March 16th, 2017, Ayala announced that she refuses to seek the death penalty because:
• it is not a deterrent to crime
• it is racially discriminatory
• it is costly
• it leaves the families of victims in limbo for too long
• it is imposed on innocent people
Florida Governor Rick Scott removed her from 22 cases:
• On March 21st, he removed her from the Markeith Loyd case. A high-profile case, Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a police officer who tried to arrest him.
• On April 3rd, he removed her from 21 other cases.
Gov. Scott is undermining her position as prosecutor and the voice of the voters who elected her. 119 judges, law professors, prosecutors signed a letter stating that the governor lacks the authority to reassign cases. Ayala is now suing Gov. Rick Scott in federal and state courts.
Witness to Innocence stands with Ayala.
Join Us • Stand With Us • Let's Make History
Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration.
Founded in 2003 by Sister Helen Prejean, internationally renowned anti-death penalty activist, and Ray Krone, the 100th person exonerated from death row in the United States, Witness to Innocence (WTI) began as a project of the New Orleans-based Moratorium Campaign Education Fund. Two years later WTI moved to Philadelphia, PA, where it transformed itself into one of the most powerful and unique anti-death penalty organizations in the United States.
Our exoneree members have educated tens of thousands of Americans through speaking events at colleges, universities, professional associations, academic conferences, law schools, faith communities, K-12 schools, and civic groups. They have testified before state legislatures, met with government officials and world leaders, and reached tens of millions of people worldwide through the media. Witness to Innocence has shifted public opinion on the death penalty, playing an integral role in successful repeal campaigns in New Mexico, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, and Nebraska.
A country that joins more than 140 other nations in abolishing the death penalty in law or in practice. A country that grants fair and speedy compensation to the wrongfully convicted. A country that puts “justice” back into the criminal justice system.
Please visit our very special arts and culture page, where you can view video clips, artwork, and literary contributions by and about our members, including three beautiful paintings by exoneree Lawyer Johnson. View Lawyer's paintings here.
RIP, Dave Keaton
(Photo by Sofia Moro)
RIP, Delbert Tibbs
(Photo by Sofia Moro)
This video of Ray Krone is courtesy of Atlantic Philanthropies, one of our generous funders:
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Witness to Innocence wants to thank the following people and organizations for so many of the awesome videos, photos, and artwork on our website: Ashlee O Shelton, Sofia Moro, Brian Bullock, George Gull, Marc Steinberg, Resurrection After Exoneration, Daniel Bolick, Scott Langley, Maria Telesco, David Sulewski, Talila Lewis – please let us know if we have left you out!
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