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Close the Death Chamber — Candlelight Vigil scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014

Katrina’s Dream is holding a Candlelight Vigil and Community Assembly on February 3, at 4:30 pm. Meet at the West Gate of San Quentin Prison. People of all faiths will be gathering, calling on Governor Jerry Brown and our Legislators to Close the Death Chamber at San Quentin Prison and abolish the Death Penalty here in California. Download press release.

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Prayer Service and Vigil Held in San Jose for Victims of Violent Crime

In response to a wave of violent crime in the San Jose area over 100 persons attended a prayer service and vigil at the Rotunda at the San Jose City Hall on June 6th. The event was organized by Kathleen Flynn, herself a family member of a victim of homicide. The audience was addressed by the acting police Chief Esquival, Mayor Reed and a number of local clergy.

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Update on Case of David Raley

On August 10, 2011, the California Supreme Court directed the Santa Clara County Superior Court to hold a hearing to consider the evidence that David is mentally retarded. If the court finds him to be retarded, he would be resentenced to life without parole. The case has not yet been assigned to a superior court judge, and the schedule for the proceedings in the superior court has not yet been set. There will be many procedural steps before the case will be ready for a hearing. The case will be decided by a judge alone, without a jury. Lawyers in the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large international law firm, have taken on David’s case pro bono.

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