Ruth Ellis to be remembered in Hampstead museum’s makeover

Ruth Ellis
Ruth Ellis

source: Camden New Journal
published: 19 January 2018

Plans for a major revamp of the Hampstead Museum at Burgh House are under way to celebrate the 40th anniversary in 2019 of the Grade I historic Queen Anne mansion being saved from being sold off by Labour-controlled Camden Council.

But it will mean the launch – and success of – a fundraising drive to cover the estimated £100,000 cost of the enterprise, which will result in the museum’s permanent collection no longer being based in a chronological order over past centuries.

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Death penalty use and support near record lows

Wimain in prison cellsource: ProCon.org
published: 21 December 2017

Overall use and public support of the death penalty is in decline. As of Nov. 8, 2017, 23 people were executed in the United States in 2017, the second-lowest number since 1991.

39 people are expected to be sentenced to death by the end of 2017, making it the second-lowest number since 1976, the year when capital punishment was declared constitutional again by the US Supreme Court.

Since the death penalty was legalized again in 1976 by the US Supreme Court, 1,465 people have been executed. Texas has accounted for 545 executions, over a third of the nation’s total.

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District attorney who prosecuted Jeff Wood now wants him off death row

Jeff Wood
Jeff Wood

source: Texas Tribune
published: 7 December 2017

The Texas prosecutor who sought the death penalty almost 20 years ago against a man who never killed anyone has now asked that his sentence be reduced to life in prison.

Lucy Wilke, now the Kerr County district attorney, was the prosecutor in the 1998 murder trial of Jeff Wood — a man whose scheduled execution last year prompted lawmakers to question when the state should put accomplices to death.

Although she originally decided to seek the death penalty for Wood, she later said in a letter to the prison parole board that “the penalty now appears to be excessive.”

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