An exclusive interview with California death row prisoner Kevin Cooper. Cooper is on death row in San Quentin prison. He was convicted of the 1983 murder of three members of one family and their houseguest. Last week a federal appeals court judge warned California that the state might execute an innocent man if it decides to put Kevin Cooper to death. Cooper was denied a hearing by a panel of appeals court judges. They were critical of the handling of Cooper's case by the trial judge, but still denied him a rehearing. Panel member Judge William Fletcher wrote a scathing dissent to the decision.
The Killer Bread Gang were Prison Pipeline guests. They talked about life in and out of prison, and played some music. Dave, the baker of Dave’s Killer Bread talked about his life and the bread business. Then Dave played lead guitar, while Ladd sang his original song “DNA”. Pete, another employee at the bakery who was released 45 days ago joined us as we talked about a lot of Prison Pipeline stuff. Don’t miss this show!
Abe and Joe connect the torture dots back to ... (wait for it) Dick Cheney!
Abe and Joe examine new revelations in the ongoing U.S. torture scandal that lead directly to former Vice President Cheney. But we already knew that. Also, an LNG update and a look at the health care debate in Washington.
A new direction for Oregon's DOJ? An interview with Attorney General John Kroger
Since taking office last January, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has taken on the siting of a liquified natural gas terminal in Clatsop County, started investigating the collapse of the Oregon College Savings Plan, pushed for a faster cleanup of Hanford, and cleared the way to prosecute unethical debt collectors. He also wants Oregonians to give him a bigger budget to create an environmental crimes unit and a civil rights division.
As Oregon's economy continues to decline, lawmakers are faced with a growing budget gap and spiraling prisons costs driven by state mandatory sentencing laws. Some in the legislature say its time to revise state sentencing programs and find more efficient ways to handle convicted offenders. Among the proposals working their way through the legislative process is a bill that would allow judges to review mandatory sentences at mid-point and revise them if deemed appropriate. Dave and Jo Ann talk with Rep. Chip Shields about this proposed bill and other changes lawmakers are considering this session.