Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Execution Watch: William Joseph Berkley

  Texas plans to execute German native William Josef Berkley Thursday. Execution Watch will provide live coverage from Huntsville, present a legal analysis of the case, and interview Arizona death row exoneree Paris Carriger.
   No punishment is the subject of more propaganda than the death penalty. The truth is in the details, and that's what the show intends to offer:


April 22, 2010, Thurs., 6-7 pm CT
Listen on KPFT's HD-2 channel, 90.1 FM Houston ... or ...
Go to www.executionwatch. org at 6 p.m. CT, click on “Listen.”

  WILLIAM JOSEF BERKLEY. The German native was living in El Paso and had just turned 21 when police arrested him and Michael Jacques in March 2000, charging them with the murder of Sophia Martinez. Jacques is serving a life term. (More at www.executionwatch. org > Backpage on William Berkley.)

  Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict who has lost a dozen friends to the death chamber. Ray’s civil rights activism has included shepherding several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. He hosts his own program Fridays on KPFT: the Prison Show, now in its 31st year, www.theprisonshow. org .

  Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a retired attorney who continues to contribute to the profession, teaching continuing education in appellate law. During a distinguished career he participated in capital trials as either prosecutor or defense attorney.

  Featured Interview: PARIS CARRIGER. An exoneree who spent 17 years on Arizona’s death row, he came within hours of being executed in 1995 -- eight years after the real murderer confessed to the crime. Unfortunately, Carriger had exhausted his rights to appeal. State courts refused to grant him a new trial. Letters supporting a new trial poured into Arizona. At the last minute, a federal court issued a stay.

  Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: DENNIS LONGMIRE, PhD. A professor in the Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University and activist against capital punishment. www.cjcenter. org.

   Reporter, Vigil, Somewhere in Texas: TBA.

  On April 27, Texas plans to execute SAMUEL BUSTAMANTE. If it happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details: www.executionwatch.org

  PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, steinea @yahoo.com.
  TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay @gmail.com.
  THEME MUSIC: “Death by Texas,” Victoria Panetti, www.myspace. com/shemonster

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