Monday, July 30, 2007


Arthur T. "A.C." Copeland

When I was first exposed to Arthur T. "A.C." Copeland's case I felt as if I was reading a script right out of television's Law and Order. It is a case filled with bounties, drugs, rape, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin. While the case itself is convoluted, there were some major themes that I was able to discern--most important is that there is a very good chance Arthur Copeland did not commit the crime he was accused of in 1998. Copeland was sentenced to death row in 2000 and was there until the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the sentencing this past May and he received a new trial date on June 29th. Just recently, he received his bail, set at $400,000 in the Blount County Circuit Court--the article can be found HERE.

TCASK is currently putting together a case summary (similar to others on our website) to give the public a concise summary of what has transpired. Check back soon for that summary.

One can assume that because the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the sentencing that there are some major issues with this case that warrant close examination and as usual, are indicative of the kind of death penalty system this state has.
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Walk to stop executions

It is good to know that TCASK is doing its walk through Tennesse.

California is active too.

Now we bring exciting news of a new walk that is being planned -- this one 800 miles and this one in California. In the sponsors' words:

Walk to Stop Executions
Death penalty opponents from Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, and Amnesty International USA will embark on a 800 mile Walk to Stop Executions on September 15, 2007. The purpose of the walk is to draw attention to the issue of the death penalty, unite local activists, and to encourage the district attorney in every county along the walk route not to seek the death penalty in any case.

There's a new blog to support this effort.

Stop by and say howdy. And while you're at it, give a shout-out to our friend Stefanie!
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