San Diego Union Tribune, by Kevin Cooper
"My name is Kevin Cooper. I am a 55-year-old African American man on death row in California. I have been here, trying to prove my innocence, for 28 years.
In 2004, I came within hours of being executed, before the courts affirmed my right to have new evidence of my innocence reviewed. Most people can’t imagine what it is like to literally count the remaining minutes of their lives, but for those of us on death row, this is how our very existence is framed — bracketed by birth and the time we are strapped to a gurney and our veins are filled with poison. ..."