Cassy Stubbs is the director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project. Cassy joined the project in 2006 and since then has served as lead and associate counsel on behalf of death row inmates and defendants in trials and appeals throughout the South, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. Her clients have included Levon “Bo” Jones, a North Carolina death row inmate who was exonerated in 2008 when the state dismissed all charges against him, and Richard C. Taylor, a severely mentally ill man who was sentenced to death after a sham trial in Tennessee, but who won a new trial on appeal and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Cassy has also worked with numerous organizations and ACLU affiliates to file amicus briefs in capital cases in state and federal courts around the country. She has written policy papers, editorials and blog posts on a wide range of capital issues, such as the persistence of racial disparities in capital punishment and the fundamental flaws of purported claims that the death penalty deters future murders.
Feb 2, 2021
Atrocities of the Federal Death Penalty
Aug 26, 2020
Not Even a Global Pandemic Could Stop the Federal Government from Pursuing a String of Back-to-Back Executions This Summer
Dec 13, 2019
The Death Penalty in 2019: A Year of Incredible Progress, Marred by Unconscionable Executions
Mar 18, 2019
Can Prosecutors Dismiss Jurors for Agreeing With the O.J. Simpson Verdict?
Mar 13, 2019
California Halts the Use of the Death Penalty
Oct 11, 2018
Washington Supreme Court Abolishes the Death Penalty
Nov 14, 2017
At Guantánamo, a Death Penalty Case Without a Death Penalty Lawyer
Oct 23, 2017
Jack Greene Has Profound Mental Illness, but Arkansas Wants to Execute Him Anyway
Sep 20, 2017
Keith Tharpe’s Scheduled Execution Tests Our Nation's Tolerance for the Death Penalty's Racial Bias
Apr 24, 2017
In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man