Monday, April 07, 2014

Execution Watch: Ramiro Hernandez, April 9

Ramiro Hernandez

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.


RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Execution Watch
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6-7 PM Central Time
Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live on:
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and
Updates on Facebook: Execution Watch

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.

SHOW LINEUP
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.

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa [at] gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay.
VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Pirtle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Execution Watch: Tommy Sells, April 3


Tommy Sells


HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Tommy Sells is one of two death-row prisoners who prevailed recently in a lawsuit demanding that Texas prison officials disclose the source of the drugs used in lethal injections.

But the court decision has not stopped the wheels of death from turning. Sells is slated for execution Thursday.

RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Execution Watch
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6-7 PM Central Time
Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live on:
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and
Online, http://executionwatch.org > Listen
Updates on Facebook: Execution Watch

TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
TOMMY SELLS, condemned in the New Year’s Eve 1999 slaying of a teenage girl in Del  Rio in 1999. When Del Rio police questioned Sells about the killing, he took responsibility for it and dozens of slayings around the country. His appellate lawyers said detectives pressured him into making far-fetched assertions about being a serial killer. His attorneys also said counsel failed to represent Sells effectively, both at trial and early in the appeals process.

SHOW LINEUP
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.

Featured Interview: TOMMY SELLS, whose recent death-row interview with Execution Watch will be broadcast in full.

Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, 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 9, Texas plans to kill Mexican national RAMIRO HERNANDEZ. If it does, Execution Watch will air.

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa [at] gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay.
VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Pirtle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Execution Watch: Anthony Doyle, March 27

Anthony Doyle

By Execution Watch
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS - For the second time in as many weeks, Texas is preparing to execute a black man who was a teenager when he allegedly committed murder.

Anthony Doyle is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, scheduled for Thursday. If the high court rules against him, Execution Watch will provide live coverage of the state-sanctioned killing.

RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
EXECUTION WATCH
Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live:
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM 90.1, Houston, and Online:
Updates on Facebook: Execution Watch


TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
ANTHONY DOYLE, convicted of beating to death a doughnut delivery woman in suburban Dallas when he was 18 years old. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down his appeal in July, rejecting arguments that his confession was involuntary, his legal help at trial was deficient, and his sentence was unconstitutional.


SHOW LINEUP
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 at 2 PM CT.: 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.


Featured Interview: TBA.


Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: DR. DENNIS LONGMIRE, Professor of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University.


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 3, Texas plans to kill TOMMY SELLS. If it does, Execution Watch will air.


PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay.
VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Pirtle
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Execution Watch: Ray Jasper, March 19

Ray Jasper

By Execution Watch

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Ray Jasper, who gained international noteriety by writing to gawker.com with his "final statement on earth," is slated to be executed Wednesday.

The radio show Execution Watch will provide live coverage of his execution and an analysis of his case.

RADIO SHOW PREVIEW

EXECUTION WATCH
Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and Online...
Go to: http://executionwatch.org > Listen
Updates and discussion on Facebook: Execution Watch

TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
RAY JASPER, a rap artist born in the Netherlands who was 18 when police say he and two others committed a 1998 robbery in San Antonio in which the owner of a recording studio was killed. The other defendants received life sentences. Jasper's appellate attorneys argued that a potential juror at his trial was excluded improperly because he, like Jasper, was black. They also said Jasper had inadequate legal help at trial.

SHOW LINEUP
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 at 2 PM CT.: 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.

Featured Interview: TBA.

Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, 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 March 27, Texas plans to kill ANTHONY DOYLE. If it does, Execution Watch will air.

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay.
THEME:  By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Louis Castro Perez denied appeal by 5th Circuit Court

Justice for Louis Castro Perez!

The 5th Circuit Court has released an opinion denying relief to innocent Texas death row prisoner Louis Castro Perez. Many folks will be familiar with the case through Louis' sister, Delia Perez Meyer, who sits on the board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

Delia has been a tireless advocate for her brother and all death row prisoners. She has travelled the world in the fight to win death penalty abolition. For some time, Louis has been fighting to win DNA testing of several items found at the crime scene that contain the DNA of an unknown person, including on a bloody towel wrapped around a knife found at the crime scene! For more facts about the physical evidence and issue in this case please check out: http://nodeathpenalty.org/get-the-facts/justice-louis-castro-perez-test-all-dna

The latest appeal for Louis was based on an issue of ineffective assistance of counsel. The 5th Circuit had previously rendered a judgement denying Louis relief. His lawyer then had 30 days to respond, however, she failed to respond to a 30 day deadline for filing a new motion with the district court. In fact this attorney received notification of the deadline and without alerting Louis or the other consulting attorney on the case, she decided on her own not to respond to the motion, effectively abandoning her client.

In March of 2012, after being made aware of the error, the court granted a motion to allow Louis to reenter the appeal that his lawyer should have made. However, late last week the 5th Circuit vacated that order, and has decided to let the original judgement of denial of relief stand. 
 
You can read the whole transcript of the judgement here.

We will continue to fight for justice for Louis Castro Perez and against any execution date!

The full judgement from the 5th Circuit can be read here.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Execution Watch: Suzanne Basso, Feb. 5

Suzanne Basso

By Execution Watch
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Suzanne Basso is confined to a wheelchair. On Wednesday, Texas plans to kill her as one of six people convicted in the slaying of a man some 15 years ago. If the state follows through with its plan, Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary

RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Unless a stay is issued, Execution Watch will broadcast live:
Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and Online...
Updates and discussion on Facebook: Execution Watch

TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
SUZANNE BASSO, convicted along with five others in the 1998 beating death of a developmentally disabled man near Houston. A federal judge joined Texas' top criminal court Monday in refusing to stop the execution, rejecting evidence that the 59-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman suffers from mental incompetence that would make her execution unconstitutional. Basso would be the 14th woman executed in the United States and the 5th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume.
SHOW LINEUP
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 at 2 PM CT.: 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.

Featured Interview: TBA.

Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, 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 March 19, Texas plans to kill RAY JASPER. If it does, Execution Watch will air.

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay.
THEME:  By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.