Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tonight! (Tuesday) Protest & Press Conference for Yogurt Shop Case-AUSTIN

Jeannine Scott, wife of wrongly convicted Yogurt Shop defendant Michael Scott, has been a tireless fighter against the death penalty and has worked on behalf of so many men and women for justice over the years. With Mike’s new trial around the corner, we have a real chance to win justice and bring him home. It is our turn to do everything we can to support Jeannine now, so please come out!

I also want to point out that Texas now has 10 executions scheduled over the next 3 months. They are making up for lost time, as they themselves have said. This is so barbaric, and it makes the rally against the 1st (and all) execution on June 3rd that much more urgent. We’ll see you all there!


Travis County has the wrong men in the Yogurt Shop Case.

Press Conference and Protest:

With Jeannine Scott – wife of Michael Scott


Tuesday, May 27th at 5:30PM
Travis County Courthouse Plaza, off Guadalupe between 10th and 11th.

Things are heating up in the Yogurt Shop case! As many of you may know, long time CEDP member Jeannine Scott is fighting for her husband Michael Scott, who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder in this case. Several years ago, 4 teenage girls were murdered in an Austin area yogurt shop. 8 years and dozens of false confessions later, 4 young men were indicted for the murders. With no physical evidence, Robert Springsteen was sent to death row and Michael Scott given life. Two other men were not even taken to trial. The basis of the convictions were “confessions” from Mike and Robert, which have been shown to have been coerced Although both men refused to testify against each other, each of their so-called confessions were used in the other’s trial as evidence. It is on the basis of this misuse of the “confessions” that both men had their convictions thrown out and were granted new trials.
Mike’s trial was slated to begin in May, but has been postponed indefinitely, while new DNA testing is done on crucial evidence from the crime scene, some of which has already been shown not to match any of the men originally indicted.

Austin Chronicle a good article outlining the issues in this case and the recent developments:

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