DEATH ROW

Rodriguez defense says appeal to reinstate death penalty should be dismissed

Alfonso Rodriguez FARGO (KVRR) – Defense attorneys claim federal prosecutors lacked jurisdiction when they recently appealed a federal judge’s order that overturned the death penalty for Alfonso Rodriguez. On March 3, prosecutors said they intend to ask a federal appeals court to overturn Judge Ralph Erickson’s order in September that threw out the death penalty and ordered a new sentencing…

Minnesota resident who escaped death row dies of COVID-19

Damon Thibodeaux (center) MINNEAPOLIS – A man who escaped death row in Louisiana in 2012 after he was exonerated by DNA evidence for a murder he didn’t commit has died of COVID-19. The Minneapolis lawyers who worked to free Damon Thibodeaux call his death earlier this month unfair for someone who never complained about a life that included abuse at…