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Like #NathanielWoods, my friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to be killed even tho he wasn't convicted of killing. He was already in the TX Death House when Rick Perry commuted his sentence. Kenneth will serve decades for a robbery at 18, but he is still alive. #RIPNateWoods
My friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to die even tho TX admitted he didn't kill anyone. His sentence was commuted to life. Court-appointed counsel failed to present compelling evidence of innocence for #TroyDavis (GA) & #NathanielWoods (AL). They were both killed.
TX guards moved #KennethFoster to the Death House earlier than planned. Because he wasn't convicted of killing, he protested his own killing by not walking to his unjust execution. I love Kenneth. His dignity inspires me. #DeathPenalty
#TravisRunnels didn't dispute his conviction. He completely transformed his life during decades in #solitary & wrote 2 books, including "Guidance on the Path to Navigating Love." He was a mentor to other men on #DeathRow & a calming influence. He was killed by Texas, 12/11/19.
Shortly before #TravisRunnels' execution, a #prison guard stood outside his cell & taunted, "We're going to get you, nigger." A fellow inmate heard Travis's reply: "Life is too good to be so bitter & angry. I hope you learn this."
FL cops admitted to telling #TavaresCalloway his family was in grave danger from a man who'd killed 5. If he confessed, they'd jail him for 3 months & flush out the "real killer." "Confession" didn't match scene; extensive DNA/blood had 0 match to him. He was sentenced to die.
As a young man, #NickSutton abused drugs & committed multiple murders. In #prison, he took responsibility for the harm he caused & saved 5 lives: 3 guards & 2 inmates, rescuing 1 guard held hostage at great personal risk. A young man, later exonerated, had trauma-induced #MS.
The #prison failed to treat the innocent man's MS, but #NickSutton cared for him & always carried him into the visitation room ahead of his mother's visits because the man didn't want his mother to know he was sick & add to her worry.
#NickSutton was so trusted, he had a full set of tools & worked as the #prison's maintenance man for more than 20 years. Guards (inc'g the man whose life Nick saved), a fmr fed judge, & the victims' families all asked that Nick be resentenced to no parole. TN killed Nick 2/20/20.
#NickSutton, #TravisRunnels, #NathanielWoods all have the same official cause of death, as do all Americans killed by execution: homicide.

For every 9 prisoners killed by execution, 1 is exonerated. Imagine 1 plane exploding for every 9 that take flight.
My college friend #BryanStevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative which provides free representation to people condemned to death in #prison. He describes this work in #JustMercy. HBO released a full-length doc about him: .
Members of my study group were sentenced to death in #prison--execution or no parole--as teens, some at 13. #SCOTUS banned teen execution by 1 vote. We're 1 vote short of a conservative majority.

My kids can't vote. They need you to #VoteBlue.
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