Thomas McKee West collection

Thomas McKee West collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Citronberg, Robert
Creator: West, Thomas McKee
Title: Thomas McKee West collection
Dates: 1983-2003
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (3 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3244

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas M. West graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. Upon graduation in 1973 he worked as a staff attorney in the University of Georgia School of Law Legal Clinic, litigating Constitutional issues and in the process helped create significant legal precedent concerning the rights of parolees and the rights of those pleading guilty. After two years with the legal clinic, attorney West took a position in Atlanta as the first director of the Southern Prisoner Defense Committee. The SPDC litigated prison condition cases in federal courts in Georgia and Tennessee including a class action case, which closed down the infamous H-House, the punitive isolation chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Center. Attorney West has had an active criminal, personal injury, and police brutality practice in Atlanta since 1980. Law Group of Geerdes & Kim, LLC - Thomas McKee West, Esq. (Retrieved August 12, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of copies of documents, textual and audio, accumulated during Thomas M. West's successful challenge - in the case of Timothy Dawson vs. The State of Georgia - to the state of Georgia's law prescribing death by electrocution in the electric chair in death penalty cases. This includes fifteen digital copies of 22 Georgia electrocutions of prisoners between 1983 and 1996. These recordings are copies of West's tapes which were themselves dubs of original tapes recorded by members of the state's Department of Corrections for their own records, and later subpoenaed and entered into state court records as part of challenges to the electric chair statute. In addition, the collection includes copies of materials (transcripts, documents, affidavits, autopsy records, etc.) West and his co-counsel Robert Citronberg had accumulated to date of donation (August 2004) in support of legal challenges to the Georgia statute prescribing lethal injection as the new means of state execution.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Capital punishment--Georgia--Case studies.
Dawson, Timothy -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Death row inmates--Georgia--Case studies.
Electrocution--Georgia--Case studies.
Judicial records.
Legal instruments--Georgia.
Lethal injection (Execution)--Georgia--Case studies.
Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas McKee West collection. MS 3244. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Southern Center for Human Rights Collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Index to Dawson case record filed w/ Ga Supreme Court appeal
2Background (from Lexis- Nexis)
3Faxes (cover sheets) re: Shoobis order
4Religious community seeks writ of mandamus vs. Corrections Dept. over electric chair, April 2001
5Spivey motions and orders re: Electrocution
6Electric chair photo
7Lethal injection challenge notes
8Judge Shoob's order
9Judge Shoob's amended order
10Atty General's motion to reconsider
11Dawson's brief opposing AG's motion to reconsider, etc.
12Amic: Curiae of Ga Resource Center & Multi- County Defender
13AG's reply to Dawson's brief opposing Amic: Curiae
14Dawson's brief for interim appellate review by Ga Sup Ct.
15AG's opposition to GSC interim review
16Ga Sup. Ct grants interim review
17Lethal Injection CD- Adobe pdf file (approx. 2000 pages)
18Lethal injection procedures
19Lethal injection open record request
21Dawson vs. Ga appellant's brief
1Transcript vol. I
2Transcript vol. V
31Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 10 sd 1(Joseph Mulligan), May 15, 1987
2Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 10 sd 2 (Ivon Ray Stanley- July 12, 1984, John Eldon Smith- Dec. 15, 1983, Jerome Bowden- June 25, 1986)
3Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 11 (Larry Lonchar), Nov. 14, 1996
4Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 12 (Roosevelt Green- Jan. 9, 1985, Van Solomon- Feb. 20, 1995, Timothy McQuorquodale- Oct. 21, 1987)
5Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 13 (Timothy McQuorquodale- Oct. 21, 1987 & Henry Willis- May 18, 1989)
6Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 14 (Christopher Burger- Dec. 7, 1993, William Henry Hance- Mar. 31, 1994, Warren McCleskey- Sept. 25, 1991)
7Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 15 (Warren McCleskey- Sept. 25, 1991 & Thomas Dean Stevens- June 29, 1993)
8Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 16 (Ivon Ray Stanley- July 17, 1984, John Eldon Smith- Dec. 15, 1983, Jerome Bowden- June 25, 1986)
9Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 17 (Van Roosevelt Solomon- Feb. 20, 1985 & John C. Young- Mar. 20, 1985)
10Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 18 (Alpha Otis Stephens), Dec. 12, 1984
11Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 19 (Jerome Bowden), June 25, 1986
12Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 20 (Ellis Wayne Felker), Nov. 15, 1996
13Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 21 (Richard Tucker- May 22, 1987 & William Boyd Tucker- May 29, 1987)
14Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 22 (Alpha Otis Stephens), Dec. 12, 1984
15Ga. Execution Tapes- Tape 23 (Joseph Mulligan), May 15, 1987