HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The planned execution Wednesday of Ramiro Hernandez came one step closer to reality when an appeals court ruled that Texas prison officials may continue to keep secret the source of the drug they've purchased to kill him.
The 5th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals determined Monday that the drug was effective and there was no compelling evidence that protections provided by the U.S. Constitution would be violated under current procedures.
Unless Hernandez receives a stay, Execution Watch will provide live coverage of the state killing.
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
RAMIRO HERNANDEZ, convicted of killing a Kerrville man and raping his wife in 1997. A U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that Texas officials may continue to withhold from Hernandez the source of the drugs they’ve purchased to kill him. Attorneys from the Cornell Death Penalty Project said Hernandez, who literally grew up on a toxic waste dump in Mexico, is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for execution.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded, and hosted for 30 years, The Prison Show on KPFT. His internet radio show airs Wednesdays, 2 PM CT, at hmsnetradio.org.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator, retired attorney and native Texan who has seen capital trials as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Also, Houston criminal defense attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY, LARRY DOUGLAS, MICHAEL GILLESPIE & JACK LEE.
Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: PAT HARTWELL, member, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, www.abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and former board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, www.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On April 16, Texas plans to kill JOSE VILLEGAS. If it does, Execution Watch will air.
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