Curtis McCarty – Exonerated off of Death Row
Sentenced to death in Oklahoma for a crime he did not commit, Curtis McCarty spent over 21 years in prison – including 19 years on death row – before being exonerated in 2007. His wrongful conviction was the result of prosecutorial and forensic misconduct. Despite evidence of this misconduct, McCarty was re-convicted twice and re-sentenced to death 3 times. It took over 16 years for McCarty to secure proper DNA testing, and another 3 years to win a new trial with this evidence.
Since being exonerated, Curtis McCarty has been advocating for repeal of the death penalty all over the world. He knows first-hand the flaws in our death penalty system, and the very real possibility of a state making the biggest mistake of all: executing an innocent person.
Host of today edition is local defense attorney Craig Lubow speaking with Curtis McCarty about his fight to prove his innocence before the state of Oklahoma could execute him.
Death Penalty Update
Cathleen Burnett of Missourians for Alternative to the Death Penalty and Jean Phillips, Clinical Professor, Director Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post Conviction Remedies Univ. of Kansas School of Law will update us on what is happening in Missouri and Kansas around the Death Penalty in the second half of the show.
Calendar of Events
The Local Chapter of Missouri Cure will be meeting tonight, Monday June 9th from 6 to 8 PM at the Waldo Library, 201 E 75th St, KCMO. Hedy Hardin, the State Chair of MOCURE will be in attendance. They will be discussing plans for the Annual Statewide Convention to be held in Kansas City later this year.
MORE2 (“MORE-Squared”) will hold their 9th Annual Imagine Banquet on Thursday, June 12th, from 6:00-9:00PM at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel in KCMO. They will be celebrating Missouri’s overturning of the lifetime ban on food stamps for those with drug felonies. You can purchase tickets on line at www.more2.org/banquet or call Lora McDonald at (816)277-5912.
The Annual Meeting of Missourians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty will be Saturday June 14th, 12:30 PM, at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St, KCMO. Featured speaker will be Sean O’Brien, Associate Professor of Law at UMKC. For price of lunch and to reserve a spot email [email protected]