Atty. Arthur Thexton
is active organizer of the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He speaks out regularly in opposition
to the upcoming referendum as both a former District Attorney and Deputy Sheriff. On September 24, 2006 he was
the featured guest on Eau Claire, Wisconsin's low-power FM station, WHYS radio, 96.3 FM. Click to hear the entire show on-line...
On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 a dozen individuals ALL testified before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Homeland Security
in opposition to SJR5.
Beside Sen. Alan Lasee, not a single person spoke in support of the measure introduced by Rep. Frank Lasee which
offers an amendment that would put the referendum back to the November ballot, deleting the "vicious"
requirement, thus allowing capital punishment for a single homicide supported by DNA evidence.
Some of the speakers in opposition included representatives of the Wisc. Civil Liberties Union, the Wisconsin Council
of Churches, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (John Huebscher) and State Public Defender Nick Chiarkas and staff,
Rev. Jerry Hancock (former Assistant Attorney General and Dane County Deputy DA), Mike McCann (Milwaukee County
DA) and Attorneys Tom Cannon, Jeff Sweetland and Arthur Thexton.
WCADP's Arthur Thexton provided the following
Testimony on SJR-5 before
the Assembly Committee
Attorney Jeffrey P. Sweetland of Milwaukee provided
Statement in opposition to
Death penalty step closer to referendum
All committee Dems vote no
By Anita Weier for the Capital Times
On Thursday, December 8, 2005 Arthur Thexton provided the following
Testimony to the Wisconsin Senate Committee
on Judiciary, Corrections & Privacy (Senator Zien, chairperson; Senators Roessler, Grothman, Taylor, and Risser) at a public hearing on Senate
Joint Resolution 5 relating to: providing for an advisory referendum on the question
of enacting the death penalty
in this state.
Question 1: Death
penalty in Wisconsin. "Should the death penalty be enacted
in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of multiple first-degree intentional homicides,
if the homicides are vicious and the convictions are supported by DNA evidence?"
By Senators: A. Lasee, Reynolds, S. Fitzgerald and Roessler;
cosponsored by Representatives Kaufert, Gunderson, Stone, Hines, Kreibich, F. Lasee, LeMahieu, Lothian, Musser,
Ott, Owens, Pettis, Pridemore, Vos and Ainsworth.
John Nichols: Death penalty:
unfair and unnecessary
May 23, 2006
By John Nichols
State voters should keep the death
Tuesday May 9, 2006
By Richard Mial
LaCrosse Tribune Opinion Page Editor
season brings a change of heart
Walker's turnabout catches some of his friends by surprise
March 11, 2006
Playing Politics With The Death Penalty?
By Shamane Mills
Tuesday, March 6, 2006