Montana Abolition Coalition
Posted by Beth Oswald (+276) 10 years ago
As part of John Egan's (MCC History Instructor)Ethics class at MCC; he would like to invite the public to attend a presentation tomorrow, 09/27/11, at MCC in Room 106 from 10:30 to 11:45 am. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Meet Diana Cote: In May 2007, Diana Cote's daughter, Tasheena, was murdered in their home at Arlee, Montana. Diana's strong family, Native American culture, and belief in the creator enabled her to work for justice for her daughter. She seeks to help create a world in which the trauma her family endured does not happen to others and in which victim's families are treated with compassion. Cote said that everyone kept asking, "Oh are they going to go for the death penalty?" For Cote, the idea of seeking the death penalty just piled pain on top of hurt. In late 2007, the killer was given a 100-year sentence for deliberate homicide. In 2011, Diana told Montana lawmakers considering abolition of the death penalty, "That's not how I was raised--to kill."

Meet Delbert Tibbs: Delbert was arrested in 1974 and charged with the murder of a white man and the rape of his girlfriend-even though he did not match the original description the female victim had provided and he had a solid alibi-he was 200 miles away. At trial, in addition to the young woman's dubious testimony, the prosecution used the testimony of a jailhouse informant who claimed Tibbs had admitted the crime. An all-white jury convicted Tibbs of both the murder and rape. Tibbs was sentenced to death. After the trial, the jailhouse informant admitted that he had fabricated his testimony. Two years later, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his conviction for lack of evidence.

If you have questions, please call Mr.Egan at 874-6168.