Country-rocker Steve Earle, long a strident opponent of the death
penalty, returned from his recent European tour and went straight to
"Starvin' For Justice," an annual four-day fast and vigil against capital
punishment in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. In addition
to demonstrating, Earle performed for fellow activists on July 1, according
to Elisa Sanders, spokeswoman with his label, E-Squared Records. "Things
have gotten out of hand," Sanders quoted Earle as saying. "I realized I
had to do more than just write a check or a song." Earlier this year, the
critically acclaimed songwriter performed at the "Dead Man Walking"
anti-death-penalty concert in Los Angeles; he also penned the song "Ellis
Unit One" for the Dead Man Walking film soundtrack in 1996.