Sunday, May 27, 2018

Death Penalty Focus, Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire, Governor Jerry Brown, Kevin Cooper

A bill to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty has passed both chambers of the state legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

As State Representative Renny Cushing told us, "This is the first time that a Republican-controlled legislature has passed a repeal bill. Leadership came from Republicans, a coalition of lawmakers who, for a variety of reasons, came to the conclusion that the death penalty is a failed public policy."

He added, "I believe on reflection they wish to be on the right side of history."

But Governor Chris Sununu has threatened to veto the bill.

We need to let him know that by signing the bill (or simply allowing it to go into law), he too will be on the right side of history.

Please take a moment to sign our petition. It takes less than a minute, and anyone can sign -- you don't need to be a New Hampshire resident. Your name will be added to the list of people who support repeal and delivered to the governor in the coming days.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof recently published an explosive column in the New York Times, outlining the case for Kevin Cooper's innocence. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must-read.

The column has already had a positive impact -- Senator Kamala Harris has joined the call for Governor Jerry Brown to issue a reprieve for Kevin and convene an innocence investigation that uses modern-day DNA analysis.
We need to urge Governor Brown to do the right thing. We need to make sure that he issues a reprieve and that the evidence is tested using contemporary techniques. 

After you contact the governor, we will follow up with news and next steps.

The time to act is now. Please click here to contact Jerry Brown and let him know that he should issue a reprieve and order a new investigation.