Monday, June 14, 2010

Execution Watch: David Powell faces death Tuesday

     David Lee Powell

By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch

Many Texas prison employees were not born yet in 1978 when David Powell arrived on death row; few of them could imagine the international network of support he has developed since then. But they'll work to carry out his death sentence Tuesday, when Powell is slated to become the state's longest-serving death row inmate to die by lethal injection.

Execution Watch volunteers will cover the closed-door killing -- from the other side of the door.

June 15, 2010, Tues., 6-7 pm Central Time
Listen on KPFT's HD2 channel, 90.1 FM Houston, or
Go to www.executionwatch. org at 6 p.m. CT, click on “Listen”

  DAVID LEE POWELL, 59, went to death row 32 years ago following his conviction in the slaying of an Austin police officer. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2009 to review his sentence. He was sent to death row three separate times, including retrials. Powell's attorneys said his due-process rights were violated when prosecutors held back documents indicating his girlfriend might have fired the fatal shots. Of the 322 people on Texas death row, only five have been there longer than Powell; he would be the state's longest-serving death row inmate to die by lethal injection. (More at www.executionwatch. org > Backpage on David Lee Powell.)

  Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict who has lost many friends to the Texas death machine. His civil rights activism has included shepherding several successful cases to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark Hill v. Houston. Ray hosts the Prison Show, now in its 31st year, Friday nights on KPFT, (www.theprisonshow. org).

  Legal Analyst: ROBERT ROSENBERG, a Houston attorney, has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.

  Featured Interview: JOHN HOLLWAY, attorney and co-author of Killing Time, about John Thompson's 18-year struggle from death row to freedom following his wrongful conviction for the murder of a white hotel executive. Thompson, who is black, was exonerated after evidence of his innocence, long hidden by prosecutors, surfaced weeks before his execution. He has since won a $14 million civil judgment against the New Orleans DA's office, a case slated for review in fall 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court. (

  Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, a long-time activist and leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement. The organization may be followed on Facebook.

   Interviewer, Huntsville: DENNIS LONGMIRE, a professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University and frequent participant in Huntsville vigils, he is tentatively scheduled to interview Powell’s prominent capital-defense attorney, RICHARD BURR.

  On June 30, Texas plans to conduct the first of two executions in two days: JONATHAN GREEN’s, followed by MICHAEL PERRY’s on July 1. Execution Watch will broadcast for both. Details:

  PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa
  TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay; ENGINEER: Kirston Otis.
  THEME MUSIC: “Death by Texas,” Victoria Panetti, www.myspace. com/shemonster.

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