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  • CounterPunch
  • The Tennessean
  • Alabama Political Reporter
  • SDFreePress.org
  • MontgomeryAdvertiser
  • SF Bay View
  • Afropop Worldwide
  • The Telegraph
  • The Detroit News

Past articles by Stephen:

Spreading Righteousness Across the World: an Interview With Julian Marley

High up in the Hollywood hills overlooking Babylon, on the cusp of Bob Marley’s 75th earthstrong, I interviewed his son, Julian Marley, the day before the Grammy Awards ceremony, where Julian’s fourth album “As I Am” was nominated for Best Reggae Album. What follows is a transcript of the interview, modified only slightly for clarity More → Read More

Sick and Shrouded in Secrecy: Alabama’s Contract to Gas Humans to Death

For $25,000, Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall has contracted with Tennessee company “FDR Safety,” to assist Alabama in developing a barbaric new protocol – to execute its death row prisoners, whom Alabama treats like human guinea pigs – with nitrogen hypoxia. Paradoxically, FDR Safety specializes in workplace safety consulting, not manufacturing gas masks or gas chambers to exterminate… → Read More

We must be honest about the death penalty's repugnance

There are many facts that clearly show that the death penalty should be obsolete. → Read More

Reggae artists and their lyrics help expose Donald Trump's depravity

When trying to navigate the not-so enjoyable things in our society, let the songs of Marley, Romeo and Cocoa Tea be a guide. → Read More

Abolishing the death penalty requires morality

Abolitionists against the death penalty should continue to proudly and affirmatively demand the Eighth Amendment’s guarantee of dignity for everyone. → Read More

Opinion | Abolishing the death penalty requires morality

In “How to Convince Americans to Abolish the Death Penalty,” Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat asserts “important lessons about how abolitionists can be successful around the country” can be learned from New Hampshire – which just last month became the twenty-first state to abolish capital punishment – including: “The moral argument doesn’t work.” Acknowledging New […] → Read More

Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots

Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if → Read More

Opinion | Keith Tharpe and the death penalty’s racist roots

Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven’t heard about this travesty of justice (yet), or, if you’ve forgotten its details, all you need to know about the Keith Tharpe case is: a now-deceased juror who […] → Read More

Opinion | Supreme Court screw-up sullies U.S. Constitution

Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, after the Supreme Court’s February 7 refusal to stay devout Muslim Domineque Ray’s execution – despite Ray’s unrebutted claim only Christian prisoners in Alabama are afforded a spiritual advisor during […] → Read More

Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution

Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, after the Supreme Court’s February 7 refusal to stay devout Muslim Domineque Ray’s execution – despite Ray’s unrebutted claim only Christian prisoners in Alabama are afforded a spiritual advisor during their final moments – this high-minded… → Read More

Opinion | Alabama executions: strictly a Christian affair

Over 60 years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that “he basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity of man. While the State has the power to punish, the Amendment stands to assure that this power be exercised within the limits of civilized standards.” Turning this concept – […] → Read More

News organizations need stricter and better guidelines when interviewing mentally ill defendants

Why aren’t there well-defined policies in U.S. newsrooms providing a protocol for reporters conducting interviews in penal settings? to follow? → Read More

When Will Journalism Grapple With the Ethics of Interviewing Mentally Ill Arrestees?

When, in a December 2016 column for The Hill, I accused the New York Times, the venerable “Gray Lady” of American journalism, of violating basic journal → Read More

Opinion | The prospective gassing of human beings in Alabama is an abomination

When, in October 2016, I wrote “eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs” because the state’s capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often bungled lethal injection protocol — is already so dark, so depraved, so outrageously cloaked in lies and officious secrecy, I never could have predicted the situation could get worse. But it […] → Read More

The Prospective Gassing of Human Beings in Alabama is an Abomination

When, in October 2016, I wrote “eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs” because the state’s capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often bungled lethal injection protocol — is already so dark, so depraved, so outrageously cloaked in lies and officious secrecy, I never could hav → Read More

A Tennessee execution will make for a real-life Halloween

A ghoulish event threatens to cast a pall over the festivities: the likely torturous lethal injection of Edmund Zagorski scheduled for Oct. 11. → Read More

America must face and fix its unjust prison system| Opinion

No longer can we tolerate the pervasive rehabilitative deprivations and despicably inhumane living conditions that define our penal system. → Read More

The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s the drumbeat of the unfree. Dehumanized by t… → Read More

Guest Opinion: Vengeful Alabama to kill 83-year-old man

Guest Opinion: Vengeful Alabama to kill 83-year-old man → Read More

Vengeful Alabama to Kill 83-Year-Old Man

Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of Unit → Read More