Southern Center for Human Rights collection

Southern Center for Human Rights collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Southern Center for Human Rights.
Title: Southern Center for Human Rights collection
Dates: 1973-2001
Quantity: 14.75 Linear feet (30 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3277

Biographical/Historical Note

"The Southern Center for Human Rights was founded in 1976 in response to the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails... Today, alongside litigation, SCHR is sharpening its use of media advocacy, taking leadership in coalition building, engaging in legislative education, and learning how to organize the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the criminal justice system." -- "History." Southern Center for Human Rights. http://www.schr.org/about/history (Retrieved November 24, 2009)


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers related to the activities of the Southern Center for Human Rights from 1973 to 2001. Formats include transcripts of case proceedings, court documents, evidentiary documents, memoranda, correspondence, affidavits, legal notes, copies of legislation, newsletters, and newspaper articles. The collection consists primarily of files concerning the defense of Georgia death row inmates which reflect the legal efforts of the Southern Center for Human Rights. The collection also includes documents relating to the Center’s efforts to advocate the reform of Habeas Corpus legislation, subject files consisting of newspaper articles on the death penalty and criminal justice, and research files concerning racial discrimination in jury selection.

In general, the materials are "working" informational files, often copies of court documents or evidentiary documents. Their usefulness is chiefly their supply of details about "racially-stacked jury" and "electric chair" cases. The materials are useful as evidence of the scope and methods of the Center's efforts in defending indigent capital punishment defendants and in lobbying for and against state and federal legislation affecting the criminal judicial process.

Series 1. Case Files This series documents the efforts of the Southern Center for Human Rights in the defense of Georgia death row inmates from 1978 to 2001. The series is arranged according to the following capital cases: Jimmy Lee Horton, Carzell Moore, Tony Amadeo, George Dungee, Johhny Mack Westbrook, and Eddie William Finney. The files contain transcripts of trial proceedings, copies of court documents, evidentiary documents, memoranda, correspondence, and handwritten legal notes.

Series 2. Legislation This series consists of documents from 1982 to 1996 in support of “Racial Justice” legislation to constitutionally bar racial bias in seeking death penalties. The series also consists of documents in opposition to proposed federal Habeas Corpus limitations. The files contain copies of proposed legislation, memoranda, correspondence, copies of testimony and personal statements, newsletters, and law journal articles.

Series 3. Subject Files These files contain copies of newspaper articles regarding the death penalty and criminal justice from 1976 to 2001. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 4. Research Files on Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection This series consists of documents compiled by the Southern Center of Human Rights regarding racial discrimination in jury selection of death penalty cases from 1979 to 2001. The files consist of documents relating to the investigation of peremptory strikes in jury selections of capital cases in Georgia. The files contain copies of depositions, evidentiary documents, affidavits, transcripts of interviews, transcripts of trial proceedings, jury strike lists, handwritten legal notes, memoranda and correspondence.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series by record type: Series 1. Case Files; Series 2. Legislation; Series 3. Subject Files; Series 4. Research Files on Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection. Series 1. Case Files is further divided into subseries by name of defendant.


Index Terms

Amadeo, Tony
Capital punishment--Georgia.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Criminal court records.
Death row inmates--Georgia.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration--Georgia.
Dungee, George Elder
Finney, Eddie
Horton, Jimmy Lee
Legal documents.
Moore, Carzell
Photocopies.
Southern Center for Human Rights. -- Records and correspondence
Testimonies.
Westbrook, Johnny Mack

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Center for Human Rights collection, ms 3277. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Southern Prison Ministry collection, MS 3214; Terry Mincey papers, MS 3106.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Case Files, 1978-2001



1.1 Jimmy Lee Horton

BoxFolder
11Horton Indictment, Statement, 1980-1981
2Transcript of trial proceedings- Commitment Hearing, 1980
4Transcript of trial proceedings, Volume 3, 1981
5Transcript of trial proceedings, Volume 4, 1981
6Transcript of trial proceedings, Volume 5, 1981
7Trial Transcript Digest, 1981
BoxFolder
21Transcript of closing arguments, 1981
2Transcript of closing arguments in State VS. Pless Brown, 1982
3Correspondence, 1983-1992
4Memoranda, handwritten notes, invoices, 1984-1993
5Transcript of Writ of Habeas Corpus, Stay of Execution, 1984
6Affidavits for State Habeas proceedings, memorandum, 1984
7Court Orders, 1987-1988
BoxFolder
31Pleadings in Georgia Supreme Court- Affidavit in support of Motion to Proceed on Appeal, Application for Certificate of Probable Cause, Brief in Opposition, 1986-1988
2Pleadings in U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia- Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, Memorandum of Law in support of Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, 1988
3Pleadings in U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit- Memoranda, Applications for appeals, Briefs, Judgements, and case synopsis, 1990-1992
4Pleadings in U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit- Record Excerpts, 1990
5Pleadings in U.S. Supreme Court- Petition for Writ of Certiorari and related correspondence, 1987
6Pleadings in U.S. Supreme Court- Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari, and related correspondence, 1991-1992
7Pleadings in Bibb County Superior Court- Court Orders and correspondence, 1993
BoxFolder
41Horton prison records and indictments, including Arthur Fryer records, 1970-1981
2Interviews, lists of involved persons, memoranda, 1992
3Transcript of Joseph Briley deposition, 1989
4Transcript of Joseph Briley deposition and handwritten legal notes, 1989
5Transcript of Joseph Briley deposition and hearing, and Post-hearing Brief, 1989
6Petitioner's Exhibits- Joseph Briley jury strikes, 1989
7Transcript of Georgia VS. Samuel Gibson, Challenge to the Array of Traverse Jury, 1975
BoxFolder
51Transcript of jury selection in State of Georgia VS. Charlie Young, 1975
2Transcript of State of Georgia VS. Charlie Young, Motions, 1976
3Transcript of State VS. Derwin Young, Capital punishment Voir Dire questions, 1976
4Transcript of State VS. Johnny Mack Westbrook, Trial proceedings, 1977
5Transcript of State VS. Mary B. Jackson, Challenge to Array of Traverse Jury, 1977
6Transcript of State VS. Vernon "Red" Walker, Juror Questionaire, 1977
BoxFolder
61Transcript of State VS. Tony Hill Curtis trial proceedings, 1979
2Transcript of State VS. Robert Wallace, Special Plea of Insanity, 1979
3Transcript of Robert Lewis Wallace Competency Hearing, 1980
4Transcript of Johnny Frank Evans- Pretrial Motions, 1984
5Transcript of Amadeo VS. Kemp- Order of the Court, 1985



1.2 Carzell Moore

BoxFolder
71Transcript of pleadings, memoranda, witness list and contacts list, 1994-1995
2Race exhibits, Execution by State exhibit, 1995
3Motions- Includes memoranda, correspondence, and legal notes, 1995
4Transcript of Hearing in Monroe Superior Court. Includes Motions and Addendum to Subpoena, 1995
5Evidence- Analysis of death penalty cases by Michael Radlet. Also includes correspondence and Michael Radlet vita., 1995
6Evidence- Affidavit of Dr. Theodore Berstein, correspondence, 1995
7Evidence- Articles on Electrocution by Dr. Theodore Berstein, 1973-1994
8Evidence- Affidavit of Dr. Harold Hillman, 1995
9Transcript of proceedings held in Butts County Superior Court, 2001
BoxFolder
81Transcript of Evidence, Parts 1 and 2- proceedings held in Butts County Superior Court, 2001
BoxFolder
91Transcript of Evidence, Part 3- proceedings held in Butts County Superior Court, 2001
2Notes for Oral Argument on Execution, 2001
3Electrocution Order, Monroe County Superior Court, 2001
4Judge's Report of Interim Review, 2001
5Record on Interim Review, 2001
6Ex Parte Brief regarding Denial of Funds, 2001
7Application for Interim Appeal in Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
8Response on Behalf of the State by the Attorney General, 2001
9Interim Appeal memoranda and correspondence, 2001
BoxFolder
101Interim Appeal Motions and Orders, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
2Brief on behalf of Carzell Moore, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
3Reply Brief on behalf of Carzell Moore, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
4Reply Brief on behalf of the Appellee by the Attorney General, 2001
5Legislative History of Electrocution- Transcript of H.B. 1282, Senate Floor debates, Affidavit of Mary Shellman, 2000
6Copies of Georgia Law on electrocution, 1995
7Execution Case Law- Copies of Georgia cases, 1999-2001
8Case Law- Electrocution background and fact sheets, 2001
9Georgia Case Law- Order of Electrocution in State of Georgia VS. Timothy Dawson, 2001
BoxFolder
111Case Law- Timothy Dawson Appellant's Brief, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
2Case Law- Timothy Dawson Reply Brief, Brief by the Attorney General, and Brief by the District Attorney, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
3Case Law- Briefs of Amici Curiae, State VS. Timothy Dawson, Georgia Supreme Court, 2001
4Case Law- Briefs, motions, and correspondence related to Rev. Ann Clay Adams, et al. VS. Georgia Department of Corrections, 2001
5Case Law- State Cases of Cruel and Unusual Punishment noting cases from 1915-1999
BoxFolder
121Case Law- Federal Cases of Cruel and Unusual Punishment, copies of case citations from 1968, 2001
2Case Law- U.S. Supreme Court Death Penalty cases, copies of case citations from 1878-1993



1.3 Tony Amadeo

BoxFolder
123Amadeo Federal Record (copies), 1984-1987
4Transcript of Amadeo hearing, 1985
5Copy of Certiorari Petition, U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
BoxFolder
131Exhibits, 1978-1988
2Oral Argument notes, 1989
3Appointment of Counsel Appeal, Georgia Supreme Court, 1989
4Counsel Appeal Briefs, 1989
5Transcripts of Pretrial Hearings, 1989-1990
6Briefs of Amicus Curiae, 1990
7Contract and Plea Agreement, Putnam County Superior Court, 1990
8Correspondence, 1987-1991
BoxFolder
141Memoranda, 1988-1990
2Handwritten legal notes, 1988-1990
3Copy of Case Action Summary, State of Alabama VS. Amadeo, 1991
4Photograph and negatives, unknown, circa 1991
5Judge Duke Investigation, includes correspondence and memoranda, 1988-1990
6Judge Duke Investigation, includes affidavits and notes on witnesses, 1990
7Transcript of testimony of Ronald Dilahay in the Eastern District Court of Kentucky, 1987



1.4 George Dungee

BoxFolder
148Record of pleadings in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1984-1985
9Briefs, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1985
BoxFolder
151Briefs- Carl Isaacs and George Dungee VS. Zant, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1985
2Briefs- Georgia Supreme Court, including related briefs for Coleman VS. State of Georgia, 1986
3Transcript of Pleadings, Volume 1, 1986-1987
BoxFolder
161Transcript of Pleadings, Volume 1-2, 1986-1987
2Dungee Medical Records, 1986
3Appeal of WSB-TV, briefs, correspondence, and legal notes, 1987-1988



1.5 Johnny Mack Westbrook

BoxFolder
171Transcript of Hearing, Volume 1, State of Georgia VS. Johnny Mack Westbrook, 1985



1.6 Eddie William Finney

BoxFolder
172Transcript of Hearing, Volume 1, State of Georgia VS. Eddie William Finney, 1983
 

2. Legislation, 1982-1996

BoxFolder
181Letters in Opposition to S.2216 Habeas Corpus Act of 1982, Report in Apposition to S.653 by the American Bar Association, 1982
2Testimony and Letters in Opposition to S.238, 1985
3Copy of H.R.1333, 1987
4Memoranda and fact sheets on the Racial Justice Act, copies of H.B.4442, Racial Justice Act Briefing Book, 1988-1992
5Racial Justice Act Action Kit, 1990
6Copies of legislation related to Habeas Corpus reform and Racial Justice Act, 1989
7Memoranda and copies of House legislation regarding Habeas Corpus reform and the Racial Justice Act, 1990
BoxFolder
191House Hearings on Death Penalty, Copies of statements before the House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, 1990
2Transcript of Senate Judiciary Hearing proceedings, Hearing on Habeas Corpus reform, 1990
3Testimony and statements from Senate Judiciary Hearings, correspondence, 1990
4Memoranda and copies of legislation regarding the Comprehensiv Violent Crime Act of 1991, 1991
5Summary of the Comprehensiv Violent Crime Act of 1991, 1991
6Testimony and statements from Senate Judiciary Hearings on Habeas Corpus reform, 1991
7Transcript of Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentencing hearing, 1991
BoxFolder
201Racial Justice Act hearings in the House of Representatives. Includes memoranda and correspondence, 1991
2Correspondence and memoranda related to lobbying efforts to save Habeas Corpus, 1991-1992
3Correspondence of Stephen Bright, Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, 1991-1993
4Lobbying efforts by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Legal Defense and Education Fund- includeds memoranda, correspondence, and transcripts of the House Judiciary Committee, 1992-1993
5Lobbying efforts to restrict Habeas Corpus by State Attorneys General, includes correspondence and memoranda, 1990-1994
6Memoranda and correspondence regarding Provisions to Appointment of Counsel legislation, 1993-1994
7Written Statements before the House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. Includes correspondence and drafts of provisions related to Senator Biden proposals on Habeas Corpus reform, 1993
BoxFolder
211Memoranda and correspondence regarding House Judiciary hearings on Habeas Corpus reform, includes drafts of provisions related to Senator Biden proposals on Habeas Corpus, 1993
2Analysis of Habeas Corpus reform legislation, includes memoranda and newsletters, 1993-1994
3Fact sheets on Funding for Death Penalty Resource Centers, 1991-1993
4Law Review articles on Habeas Corpus reform, 1990-1992
5Articles on Habeas Corpus reform, 1991-1993
6Articles, correspondence and memoranda on the Racial Justice Act, 1994-1996
 

3. Subject Files, 1976-2001

BoxFolder
217Abuse and Violence newspaper articles, 1990-1991
8Advocates of the Death Penalty, 1981-2000
9Age and Capital Punishment, 1985-2000
BoxFolder
221Appeals in Death Penalty Cases, 1982-2000
2Attorneys in Death Penalty Cases, 1992
3Celebration of Death (newspaper articles), 1979-1989
5Congressional Hearings, 1991
6Conditions on Death Row, 1982-1994
7Cost of the Death Penalty, 1982-1997
8Crime Bills Involving Death Penalty, 1991-1992
9Criminal Justice articles, 1988-1998
10Debates on the Death Penalty, 1982-1996
11Editorials Against the Death Penalty, 1979-1990
12Editorials Against the Death Penalty, 1991-2000
BoxFolder
231Executions, 1982-1989
2Executions, 1990-2000
3Federal Death Penalty Cases, 1989-2001
4Foreign Countries on the Death Penalty, 1981-2000
5General Newspaper Coverage of the Death Penalty, 1978-2000
6Georgia State Flag articles including copy of Zell Miller's State of the State Address, 1993-2000
7Georgia Death Penalty Statistics, 1983-2000
8Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center, 1980-1995
BoxFolder
241Good Behavior of Death Row Inmates, 1987
2Gun Control, 1990
3Habeas Corpus Reform, 1988-1996
4Innocent Person, 1979-2000
5Innocent Person Sentenced to Death, 1978-2000
6Judges in Death Penalty Cases, 1983-2000
7Judicial Override, 1986
8Jury Mistakes and Corruption, 1995-2000
9Last Words of Death Row Inmates, 1987-1995
10Lawyers and the Need for Them in Death Penalty Cases, 1982-1998
12Length of Death Penalty Trials, 1988
13Lynching, 1995
14Macon Telegraph Series on the Death Penalty, 1995
15Means of Execution, 1990-2001
16Mental Health Issues, 1981-2000
BoxFolder
251Military Death Penalty, 1983
2Mississippi Jail Deaths, 1993
3Newspaper Circulation Figures and Statistics, 1985-1986
4Opposition to the Death Penalty, 1978-2000
5Pace of Executions and the Size of Death Row, 1981-1999
6Parole of Convicts, 1989-2000
7Pleas in Death Penalty Cases, 1990
8Politics and the Death Penalty, 1993-1998
9Race and the Death Penalty, 1984-1988
11Religious Sentiment and the Death Penalty, 1983-2000
12Restoration of the Death Penalty, 1989-1997
13Sex Scandal at Georgia Women's Prison, 1992-1993
BoxFolder
261Unemployment as a Factor in Death Penalty Cases, 1991
2Victim's Rights, 1981-1998
3Women in Death Penalty Cases, 1989-1999
 

4. Research Files on Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection, 1979-2001

BoxFolder
264Investigation of Jury Strikes in Jimmy Lee Horton Case- includes affidavits, memoranda, interview notes, lists of involved persons, and court orders, 1981-1993
5Investigation of Jury Strikes in Jimmy Lee Horton Case- includes correspondence, memoranda, affidavits, interview notes, and Transcript of Horton Trial Digest, 1993
6Investigation of Jury Strikes in Jimmy Lee Horton Case- Transcript of Federal hearings including the deposition of Joseph Briley and George Lawrence, Jr., 1989
7Transcript of Hearing, Jimmy Lee Horton VS. Walter Zant, Warden, 1989
8Exhibits for Jimmy Lee Horton VS. Walter Zant, 1989
9Peremptory Strike Investigation- Includes correspondence, memoranda, copies of prosecutor's strikes, jury strike statistics, and handwritten legal notes, from occurrences 1960s-1970s, 1988
BoxFolder
271Baldwin County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1975-1988
2Bibb County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1977-1981
3Greene County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1974-1987
4Gwinnet County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1983
5Jasper County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1974-1981
6Jones County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1973-1985
7Putnam County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1985
8Wilkinson County Jury Strike Worksheets, 1974-1981
9Documents regarding witnesses who assisted Joseph Briley in jury selection- includes memoranda, depositions, interviews, and handwritten legal notes, 1989
10Jury Strike Analysis of cases with Joseph Briley, 1974-1981
11Documents regarding the use of peremptory challenges by the prosecution in Willis VS. Zant- includes court order, stipulation of jury strike statistics, and a copy of case synopsis, 1985
12Transcript of Donald W. Huskins deposition, 1989
13Transcript of Columbus Johnson deposition- includes handwritten legal notes, 1989
BoxFolder
281Transcript of the deposition of Dr. Joseph Katz, Volume 1, 1983
2Transcript of the deposition of Dr. Joseph Katz, Volume 2, 1983
3Transcript of Katz' deposition, exhibits, correspondence and legal notes, 1989
4Transcript of Katz' deposition, exhibits, correspondence and legal notes, 1989
5Transcript of George Lawrence deposition, memoranda, 1989-1990
6Transcript of Gary L. Liberson deposition, 1989
BoxFolder
291Transcript of Mack Hall deposition, 1989
2Transcript and copies of Troy Stovall deposition, 1989
3John W. Hightower case- includes transcripts of jury selection, affidavits, maps of Morgan County and Madison, Georgia, 1988-1989
4Transcript of trial proceedings, The State VS. John W. Hightower, 1988
BoxFolder
301Copies of Challenge to Array of Traverse Jury, State VS. Mary B. Jackson, 1977
2Copies of Court Orders, Amadeo VS. Kemp, 1984-1985
3Copies of Jury Selection Standards, circa 1990