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Gary Tyler, former death row inmate, to speak Thursday at Viterbo

Gary Tyler, former death row inmate, to speak Thursday at Viterbo

LaCrosse Tribune By Kyke Farrus September 19, 2018 Gary Tyler served 41 years in prison for a murder he swears, and that all evidence suggests, he didn’t commit. But the 60-year-old Tyler, who can’t talk for 30 seconds without cracking a smile or erupting into one of his deep, booming laughs, has no semblance of anger in him. “You should never forgot what happened to you — never — but you should let go of the hate and animosity, because…

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Lessons from those wrongly convicted

Lessons from those wrongly convicted

LaCrosse Tribune By Keith Knutson September 16, 2018 In 1923, Judge Learned Hand wrote that our criminal justice system was “haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted.” The 1995 book, “Convicted but Innocent,” began to fill in Judge Hand’s ghost with actual data. The authors estimated that 0.5 percent of convicted felons in America were actually innocent. Our criminal justice system was shocked, even offended by the estimate. Only five years later, the best-seller “Actual Innocence” showed us…

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How a Death Row Inmate Made Injustice Pay Off

How a Death Row Inmate Made Injustice Pay Off

truthdig By Eric Ortiz June 28, 2018 Imagine you are charged with a crime you didn’t commit, then wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder. Now, imagine you get sentenced to death by electric chair, sent to one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, and assigned an execution date. That’s what happened to Gary Tyler. In 1974, Tyler was arrested for disturbing the peace as a 16-year-old sophomore at Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish, La., after a…

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National Conference of Black Lawyers calls for Gary’s release

National Conference of Black Lawyers calls for Gary’s release

Gary Tyler was born in July 1958. Originally sentenced to death, he now is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole to comply with the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling finding Louisiana’s death penalty unconstitutional. Gary was convicted in January 1977, at the age of 17, for first degree murder in the death of a 13 year old white boy that occurred when Gary was 16 years old. The murder of the 13 year old took place in a…

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Enacting forgiveness and redemption

Enacting forgiveness and redemption

A passion play in prison The Economist By C.D. May 15, 2012 IT IS painfully hot and dry in the rodeo arena at Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in America. Under a blazing sun American flags hang limply around the sand-covered enclosure, where 70 prisoners are acting out a unique version of “The Life of Jesus Christ”. By the time the three ingeniously constructed crosses are raised on a small hill of dirt, the physical…

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Supreme Court strikes down mandatory life terms for juveniles

Supreme Court strikes down mandatory life terms for juveniles

The 5-4 decision invalidates laws in 28 states that required such sentences for young murderers. More than 2,000 prisoners could now receive new sentences or parole hearings. Los Angeles Times By David G. Savage June 25, 2012 WASHINGTON — It is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young murderer to die in prison if a judge has not weighed whether his youth and the nature of his crime merited a shorter prison term, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The…

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Bibliography: The Case of Gary Tyler

Bibliography: The Case of Gary Tyler

Legal Lynching in Louisiana, The Case that Refuses to Die The Nation, March 12, 1989. Tyler Seeks Pardon in ’74 Shooting The Louisiana Weekly, May 6, 1989 New Doubts in ’74 Racial Killing Houston Chronicle, June 17, 1989 La. Black Seeks Pardon, Still Denies Racial Slaying The Atlanta Constitution, October 24, 1989 Why is this Man in Prison? The Guardian, December 6, 1989 Pardon Decision in Racial Slaying Expected Tomorrow in Louisiana New York Times, December 13, 1989 In Prison…

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Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice

Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice

Sports figures are joining the crusade to free a Louisiana man convicted as a teenager of a murder he didn’t commit. The Nation By Dave Zirin April 4, 2007 The history of the American legal system is scarred with instances of injustice: the Haymarket martyrs, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scottsboro Boys, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Add to this list the case of Gary Tyler, convicted of murder at the age of 16. Tyler’s case was remarkable because at the time…

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A long time for killing

A long time for killing

MWC News by Michael Parenti September 22, 2015 Today, across the nation, we witness homicidal violence delivered against unarmed people by law enforcement officers. These beatings and killings are carried out with something close to impunity. The cops almost always get away with murder. Moreover, these crimes are nothing new; they are longstanding in practice. A study of police brutality in three major cities—conducted just about half a century ago in 1967—found that all the victims had one thing in…

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Free at last?

Free at last?

Alice Through the Macro Lens June 27, 2012 He always had a feeling it would always come down to just one person. One governor to agree to sign the release. One judge to admit his mistake. One man to cleanse his soul and confess his sin. On Monday 25th June 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States of America held that “The Eighth Amendment forbids a sentencing scheme that mandates life in prison without possibility of parole for juvenile homicide offenders.” He was…

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