Mr. Sharp’s e-mail     phone 713-622-5491

Mr. Sharp has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, NPR, PBS, BBC and many other TV and radio networks, on such programs as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O’Reilly Factor, etc., has been quoted in newspapers throughout the world and is a published author.
A former opponent of capital punishment, he has written and granted interviews about, testified on and debated the subject of the death penalty, extensively and internationally.  

Partial List:

—“Equal Treatment and the Death Penalty: A Conference”; Participant, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, November 11, 2002

— Participant, The Governor’s (Illinois) Commission on Capital Punishment. I was asked to present a paper on deterrence and the death penalty. I presented two papers — one on deterrence and one on innocence issues. 2001

— “Rethinking the Death Penalty”, Nightline, ABCNews, 6/22/00. Interesting discussion with former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kogan, who somehow  confused the concept of alleged innocent death row inmates released on
appeal with innocent death row inmates executed. Go to:

—- “The Death Penalty”, This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, ABC News, 6/4/00 Appearance with Illinois Governor George Ryan, discussing  moratoriums and innocence issues.

— Guest Lecturer, US Department of State, Senior Seminar, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, March 30, 1999

— “Death Penalty Update”, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, 7/30/00 PBS. A review of death penalty issues.

— “Do We Need the Death Penalty? Yes”, an essay, The World and I Magazine, September 2002, at

—  “Executions are justified”, OPINION,  The Oklahoman, 3/31/04

— “The Death Penalty”, Speaker, Annual meeting of the American Corrections Association, San Antonio, Texas,  1997. Debate between myself and Richard Burr, a well known death penalty defense attorney and anti death penalty activist.

— “Death Penalty Debate”, between Eric Zorn, an anti-death penalty  columnist with the Chicago Tribune, and Dudley Sharp. April-June, 2000. Visits many of today’s major death  penalty issues in an in-depth format and is an illustration that assumption, not fact, often guide reporting on this issue

— “Capital punishment is an effective way to protect innocent people”, May 27, 2000 – St. Louis Post Dispatch. Many more innocents will be put at risk by not executing. Scroll down about halfway to reach the letter  at

— “Death on Hold?”, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 2/5/00. Why a moratorium on executions is unwarranted.

— “Innocence and the Death Penalty”, 4/16/00, Pro Death An in depth look at the concern for the innocence issue. Shows that if such is really a concern, that an increase in executions will result.

— “Bias on the death penalty”, Richmond Times Dispatch, 4/23/01, deals with the racial issues. At

—  “Washington Journal”, C-SPAN, 4/19/01. Death penalty moratorium issues, with Jane Henderson of the Quixote Center in Maryland, coordinator of the Equal Justice Project. A great show to view virtually all the false and misleading information put forward by the anti-death penalty movement.

—, Taking Sides, essay “Exoneration Hype Exaggerated”, 5/10/00. A brief essay regarding the absence of journalistic standards when dealing with issues of innocence and the death penalty. It is the second article down.

— “The Wrong Man, Letters to the Editor”, 12/4/99. This is a response to a misleading article on the death penalty (The Wrong Man”, 11/99).  The AM article is representative of the vast distortions by death penalty opponents on the innocence issue. My letter reveals those distortions. AM agreed to publish a shortened version of my letter, but failed to do so. Go to:

— “ABA’s Proposed Moratorium Relies on Flimsy Facts”, The Texas Lawyer, March 16, 1997. An article showing how inaccurate and misleading the American Bar Association was in their foundation in asking for a moratorium on

—- “Innocence Defined”, THE RECORD (Bergan County, New Jersey), 11/19/99. Article which corrects the anti death penalty exaggerations regarding the reality of the factually innocent sent to death row.

— Testimony before the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee, February 2000.  Death Penalty Moratorium legislation.

— Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee, Death Penalty Testimony, July 1997. Testimony regarding referendum on the death penalty and other death penalty issues

— Texas Legislature, testimony in both House and Senate regarding death
penalty issues and bills.

— “Guilty as Charged”, Wall Street Journal, A22, 6/28/00. Co-authored with Dianne Clements, an article about the highly publicized case of executed Texas murderer Gary Graham.

— Reply to “Executioner’s Swan Song” by Michael Kroll., 2/11/00. Michael Kroll is a journalist and founder of The Death Penalty Information Center, the leading information source of those opposed to capital punishment. This is a published Letter reply to Kroll’s 2/8/00 article and a correction of much of his misinformation.

—“Proffitt argument is ‘folly’ “, North Carolina State University’s The Technician, 11/29/00. A correction of many of the anti-death penalty falsehoods.

— “Sen. Pat Leahy Dead Wrong On Death Penalty”, aka “A different look at the death penalty”, 11/11/00, Saint Michael’s College (Vermont) The MAGAZINE A correction of many false anti-death penalty beliefs as such beliefs were
expressed  by one of the US’s most respected political leaders (“Dying an innocent death?”, 11/9/00)

—  :”DEATH PENALTY AND SENTENCING INFORMATION In the United States”, 10/1/97. at This is a long report on all aspects of the death penalty. Although a bit out
of date, it explores most of the false allegations against the death penalty. Much of the material has been significantly updated. Please inquire.

— “Death Penalty in Black and White”,, 6/24/99. Visits all the various racial misconceptions of the death penalty.  at

—    “Dissecting Bob Harris”, Mother Jones Magazine, 2/22/99. A humorous response to Bob Harris’ “Dissecting the Death Penalty”, 2/22/99.

—“Society Should See Difference Between Criminal, Punitive Acts”, The Daily Oklahoman, 06/28/1997. The title is self explanatory.

Chapters in Books

“The Mentally Retarded do not Face Execution”, Is The Death Penalty Fair?, Greenhaven Press, Mary Williams editor, 2003

“Innocent People Have Not Been Executed”, from Pr
oblems of Death, Opposing Viewpoints Series, Greenhaven Press, 2000

“The Death Penalty Should Be Retained”, from Capital Punishment, Current Controversies, Greenhaven Press, 2000

Death Penalty Debates

— American University, U. sponsored, Washington, DC, 10/30/00
—Louisiana Minority Correctional Workers Assn., Baton Rouge, La., 10/16/00
—South Texas College of Law, Black Law Students Assn., Houston, Texas, 10/25/00
—University of Texas Law School, sponsored jointly by The Federalist Society and  The National Lawyers Guild, Austin, Texas, 4/9/01
and many others

For more, enter “dudley sharp” “death penalty” at

Position: Mr. Sharp founded Justice Matters in 2004.
Prior to that time, he was Vice President, Political Director, Chairman of the Endorsement Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Justice For All from July 1993, when JFA was founded, through January 2000. He was Resource Director for JFA through 2003. Justice For All is a criminal justice reform organization based in Houston, Texas.
In those positions, he was an active participant in every major issue undertaken by JFA, including policy direction, lobbying, victim’s assistance and public presentations. 
He created the process for endorsing political candidates, forming a political endorsement committee, investigating the background of candidates, developing  a questionnaire used to explore the candidates true positions on criminal justice and victim’s issues resulting, finally, in a committee recommendation for endorsements.
He is a death penalty expert who was opposed capital punishment until December 1995.
Mr. Sharp’s e-mail     phone 713-622-5491

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