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NCADP Mourns Passing of John Payton March 23, 2012
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Marks the Passing of
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director-Counsel John Payton
We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John Payton, Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We will miss his great intellect, his sense of humor, his love of people and his great courage and passion for justice for all people.
During his tenure, John Payton led the organization as it continued its long tradition of excellence in the court room and in the arena of public policy advocacy. He held true to a moral compass of equality before the law that would not bow to expediency or the safe and easy route.
John Payton was a strong partner in the struggle to end capital punishment. He embodied the best of the legal profession. He had a heart for service.
We send our condolences to his wife Gay McDougall, his family and our colleagues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. We continue our work today in his honor.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund statement is here. The statement of President Obama is here.
posted by Diann Rust-Tierney at 11:58 AM