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September, 2015



Time Is Running Out for Richard Glossip

Tomorrow Oklahoma will execute Richard Glossip unless Governor Mary Fallin issues a temporary stay of his execution.  Not only does Glossip’s execution introduce the specter of  another possibly torturous death with the problematic drug midazolam still in the mix, but his conviction itself is far from solid, primarily based on the testimony of his co-defendant, Justin Sneed, who actually committed the murder.

In an article published by Slate, Robert Smith and Ben Cohen provide deeper insight into the disturbing twists and turns in this case, including excerpts from the interrogation of Justin Sneed and his shifting versions of the murder of Barry Van Treese.

I served as a guest lecturer today in a class at a local university, discussing the mounting problems with and growing concerns about the death penalty in Tennessee and nationwide.  I mentioned Glossip’s case and that without the Governor’s intervention, he will likely be executed tomorrow based on the word of a man who was caught and trying to save his own life by pointing the finger at Glossip.

One of the students asked, “Can someone get the death penalty without physical evidence?” It seems outlandish given all we know about the issues leading to wrongful convictions–faulty eyewitness identification, coerced confessions, bad deal making with co-defendants and jailhouse snitches–contributing factors leading to 155 convictions and later exonerations of those who spent years on death row before evidence of their innocence was considered.  Given the sheer number of exonerations and the untold number of those who have already been executed for crimes that they did not commit, one would think that at a minimum the state would need to present compelling physical evidence connecting someone directly to a murder in order for death to be on the table. But that is not the case.

Please consider signing the petition  or calling  Governor Mary Fallin (405-521-2015) asking her to stay the execution of Richard Glossip so that evidence of his  innocence can be considered before it is too late. Time is running out.

 

 

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TADP now in Knoxville!

TADP is on the move.

In mid-July, Justin Phillips, our associate director, moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, expanding our reach throughout the state. Phillips, like executive director Stacy Rector, hails from West Tennessee and had been working from Nashville. Everyone involved with Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is excited about the opportunity to expand into East Tennessee for several reasons:

  • Both the current governor and lieutenant governor are East TN natives
  • Two exonerees, Ray Krone and Paul House, makes their homes in East TN
  • TADP has long-established relationships with several local universities, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT), Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, and others.
  • Several churches and non-profits have hosted TADP in past years and now the possibility exists to develop more regular partnerships.

Through TADP, Phillips will be present for the University of Tennessee Black Lives Matter Teach-in (9/21); an inaugural gathering at the Community Law Office (10/5); and a panel discussion on the death penalty later that month, also at UT. More events will follow!

If you live in East Tennessee, and you would like more information about TADP or potentially for Justin Phillips to present to your organization, please do not hesitate to contact him at Justin@tennesseedeathpenalty.org

(Photosource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeline-rogero/mayors-challenge-knoxvill_b_2711183.html)

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