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SEPTEMBER 2015


Richard Glossip is running out of time...

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Dear friends,

Richard Glossip is scheduled to die at 3pm this Wednesday. Time is short, but I have not given up hope and I urge you to do the same. So many good people are working around the clock to help save Richard. While he lives and breathes, there is still a chance we can persuade Governor Mary Fallin that she really does not want this man's death on her conscience.

What can we do to help prevent this execution? At this stage, although our options may be limited there are still things we can do, and please know that while you are acting so, too, are his dedicated, experienced pro bono lawyers. Richard and his legal team have had their spirits buoyed by the actions of people like you who have phoned, posted, tweeted and written. You have no idea how important even a small show of support can be!

On Wednesday, should Richard's execution proceed, I will be there with him. At that time, please direct your thoughts and prayers to Richard and his family, to his legal team, to the family of Barry Van Treese, and to Susan Sarandon and me and our teams.

From the heart,

ACTION: PROTEST AND SIT-IN


Richard’s family, friends and supporters will be meeting at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Tuesday September 15, at 11:30am to protest his execution. They will meet at the Ten Commandments Monument, on the northeast corner of the State Capitol. The rally will be followed by a sit-in in the Governor’s office, Room 212, at 1 p.m. Please come along and show your support.

ACTION: CALL THE GOVERNOR - AGAIN!


Governor Mary Fallin has the power to stay Richard's execution. Some people have reported that the Governor's staff have replied tersely that Richard has received a fair trial and the execution will proceed, so we have created a list of very short talking points you can use to make your call count. Please choose any one of these and phone the governor today - even if you have called before. Please keep your call courteous and to the point.
Oklahoma City (Main) Office:
Phone: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353
 
Tulsa (Satellite) Office: 
Phone: (918) 581-2801
Fax: (918) 581-2835
If you live in Oklahoma, please state that at the beginning of your call!
  • Did you know that Richard Glossip’s trial was found unconstitutional because his legal defense was so poor? The second trial wasn’t much better. His public defenders were underfunded, they failed to present crucial videotape evidence and they failed to thoroughly cross-examine the medical examiner. Please give Richard Glossip a 60-day stay.
  • Oklahoma City police used tried-and-true methods to gain a false confession and statements during their interrogation of Justin Sneed. Have you watched the videotape of the interrogation? Please give Richard Glossip a 60-day stay.
  • Jurors say the medical examiner’s testimony was crucial in their vote on Richard Glossip’s guilt, but now it has been shown that the evidence the examiner gave in the two trials was contradictory and also contradicted the autopsy report. Please give Richard Glossip a stay so his lawyers can investigate this further.
  • Do you really have faith in the findings by the office of the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner as you now say? If so, why did you sign the Chanda Turner Reform Act in 2011, which allows people to sue the Medical Examiner for false findings. Did you know such false findings were a widespread problem around the time Barry Van Treese was killed by Justin Sneed?
  • Why do you find Justin Sneed, an admitted murderer and drug addict, trustworthy? Which of his eight stories about the murder do you believe? Sneed’s own mother doesn’t believe him. Can you really send a man to his death based on Sneed’s word? Please give Richard Glossip a stay.
  • Even jurors who originally sentenced Richard Glossip to death want this execution stopped. If they have changed their minds based on newly emerging information shouldn’t this information come before a court? Give Richard a stay so his lawyers have time to investigate and present it.
  • Ten people have been exonerated from death row in Oklahoma. Four of those exonerations were based on false “snitch” testimony. Richard Glossip could be the fifth. Please don’t let him die on your watch.
  • You can never reverse a mistaken execution and there is plenty of doubt about Richard Glossip’s guilt. How will you feel when it comes out later that Richard Glossip was innocent but you executed him anyway?
  • You are the last state official with the power to stop this execution. No one can do it but you. Please give Richard Glossip a 60-day stay.

ACTION: GET INFORMED, SPREAD THE WORD


Governor Fallin insists that Richard had a fair trial and that she cannot overturn the verdict of the jurors nor the independent Pardons and Parole Board. It is important that we get the word out that his "fair trial" was anything but fair and that the "independent" Pardons and Parole Board is a hand-picked board consisting primarily of ex-prosecutors and judges.

Please arm yourself with as much information as you can and share that information with others.

Get informed: We have talking points, videos of Richard's lawyers, and links to articles on our website page dedicated to Richard.

Become an ambassador for Richard's cause. Retweet our tweets, share our Facebook posts, forward this newsletter, and tell people about the website sisterhelen.org/richard - we've made the address short and memorable for easy sharing.
 
Even at this late stage it is not too late to get the word out!
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ACTION: JOIN YOUR LOCAL COALITION


We don't know whether we can save Richard's life, but Richard himself has said that if he is to die on Wednesday, he hopes his case and the symphony of protest it has aroused will help propel the campaign to end the death penalty in the United States closer to its goal.

Whether Richard dies or not, you can keep his voice alive and the momentum for abolition going by joining your state coalition. If you live in one of the states that has already abolished the death penalty, join the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP).

You'll find a list of state-based groups on the NCADP's website.

And as you can see from the list of upcoming executions below, there is plenty of work for us to do!

Upcoming Executions


The list of upcoming executions (courtesy the 
Death Penalty Information Center) is showing a marked increase in the number of executions we can expect to see in the last part of 2015. Arkansas, after a period of inactivity, has lined up 8 executions for the rest of this year and early next year, while Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma continue to execute their citizens at a rapid pace.

The stays in Ohio are to give the State time to obtain new supplies of lethal injection drugs - sodium thiopental and pentobarbital - that are part of its new execution protocol. All Ohio executions have been stayed until 2016.

September                 
16        OK       Richard Glossip
17        OH       Angelo Fears - STAYED
17        OH       William Montgomery - STAYED
18        PA        Rasheed Simpson - STAYED
29        TX        Perry Williams - STAYED

October                      
1          VA        Alfredo Prieto
6          MO       Kimber Edwards

6          TN        Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman - STAYED
6          TX        Juan Garcia
7          OK       Benjamin Cole
14        TX        Licho Escamilla

19        PA        Michael Ballard - REPRIEVE LIKELY
21        AR        Bruce Earl Ward
21        AR        Don William Davis
28        OK       John Grant
28        TX        Christopher Wilkins


November                  
3          TX        Julius Murphy
3          AR        Terrick Terrell Nooner
3          AR        Stacey Eugene Johnson
3          MO       Ernest Lee Johnson
10        TX        Gilmar Guevara

17        OH        Cleveland R. Jackson - STAYED
17        OH        Robert Van Hook - STAYED
17        TN         Nicholas Sutton - STAYED
18        TX         Raphael Holiday

December
14        AR        Marcel Wayne Williams
14        AR        Jack Harold Jones Jr
 

 
Upcoming speaking events with Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen does not do speaking engagements during the summer. Instead, she is working on her next book, River of Fire. She will begin talks once more in September and you can view the complete list of Sr. Helen's upcoming engagements

September
19: New Orleans, LA - Ladies of Charity USA 
21-22: Scranton, PA - University of Scranton, College of Arts & Sciences
23: Nashville, TN - Belmont University

 
October
1-6: Archdiocese of Liverpool, UK
8: Flint, MI - University of MI
9, 11-12: San Francisco, CA - Society of Franciscan Workers
10: San Francisco, CA - The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
12-13: Houston, TX - TCADP and Journey of Hope
14, 1:30-3:30pm: New York, NY - Hunter College
15, 6pm: New York, NY - Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
16: Des Moines, IA - Prison Congregations of America and Women at the Well
17: Oak Park, IL - St. Catherine – St. Lucy Parish
18: Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Opera Theater
19, 7pm: North Canton, OH - St. Paul St. Michael and Hamilton Forum
22: Los Angeles, CA - University of California
23-25: Irving, TX - University of Dallas Ministry Conference (talk on Saturday at 1:30pm)
29-30: Springfield, MO - Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
31, 6pm: Edmond, OK - University of Central Oklahoma American Democracy Project

November
2, 6pm: St. Bonaventure, NY - St. Bonaventure University
5: Greensburg, IN - Greensburg High School
6, 7pm: Richmond, IN - Holy Family Church/Richmond Catholic Community
7, 4:30pm: Arlington, VA - Ignation Solidarity Network
9-11: Louisville, KY - Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
14, 9am: Dedham, MA - Pax Christi
16, 7pm: New Orleans, LA - Loyola University

 

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