Today, the Shelby County Criminal Court ordered DNA testing of crime scene evidence that has never been tested in Pervis Payne’s case.
Payne has maintained his innocence for more than 30 years. Yet, despite having no prior criminal record and living with an intellectual disability, he is set to be executed in Tennessee on Dec. 3, 2020 — even though there is DNA evidence that has NOT yet been tested regarding his case from 1987.Continue reading
Back in January, a couple of friends and I went to see the recently released movie Just Mercy. It was one of the most powerful, and gut-wrenching, movies I have ever seen.
On that day, all three of us grown men found ourselves crying in this movie theater. I’ll be even more honest. This was the most I have ever cried while watching a movie. I was weeping, just weeping—neared wailing at one point. I was trying to hold some of it back because, well, it was turning loud, and here I was in a public cinema. Continue reading
There have been a few times
These past months
When I couldn’t breathe.
Panic attacks as I thought
About life in a pandemic.
What would happen to me,
Would I make it through
To the other side
And see and finally breathe?
I made it through.
I can breathe.
Today. Continue reading
I ponder the characteristic of justice a lot.
I continually ask: What is just, right, fair and equitable in the eyes of Christ?
It’s a potent question, at least for me.
Recently, my thoughts have landed on something I think is important to consider in regards to authentic justice in our world today. Continue reading