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Mark Christeson, 35, was facing lethal injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre on October 29th.  In a remarkable intervention, the U.S. Supreme Court halted his execution, citing concerns about the effectiveness of his legal counsel.  His appeal to the Supreme Court raised several concerns about his legal representation, including the failure of his attorneys to meet a 2005 deadline to file for a federal appeal hearing. Where capital defendants receive poor legal help, the system of justice falters.  The 2012 ABA Assessment of the Death Penalty in Missouri found similar errors and problems in the Missouri system. Intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court represents a wake-up call.  Missouri’s criminal justice system is not producing defensible results.

 

 

 

October 21, 2014

Mark Christeson Execution Stayed

Mark Christeson, 35, was facing lethal injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre on October 29th.  In a remarkable intervention, the U.S. Supreme Court halted his execution, […]
September 6, 2014

MADP hires State Coordinator

January 12, 2015, Kansas City, MO….Today Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) announces the hiring of Staci Pratt, as State Coordinator for the organization.  […]
September 3, 2014

Missouri clergy ask Nixon to stop the death penalty

Ministers from the Kansas City area gathered on Tuesday, September 2nd to deliver a letter to Governor Jay Nixon’s office detailing their opposition to the death […]
August 9, 2014

Despite concerns over mental health, Michael Worthington was executed August 6th

Citing a life-long history of psychiatric disorders and addictions, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty called on Governor Nixon to grant clemency to Michael Worthington based […]