Monday, April 04, 2011

Execution Watch: April 5, 2011 Cleve "Sarge" Foster

Texas is gearing up for the execution Tuesday of U.S. Army veteran Cleve "Sarge" Foster, even as court challenges continue. Foster's lawyers are questioning the type of execution drug to be used, as well as the way the state acquires such drugs. Unless a stay is granted, Foster will be put to death April 5, just after 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Execution Watch will provide live converage and analysis. Details below. Spread the word.

KPFT FM 90.1, Houston, 6PM CT
"Providing the facts about the Texas death penalty"
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Broadcasting during each execution:
April 5, 2011, Tues., 6-7 pm CT
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Listen online: Go to www.executionwatch. org at 6 p.m. CT, click on “Listen.”


  CLEVE “SARGE” FOSTER, 47, a former Army recruiter condemned in the 2002 slaying of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth. Foster has maintained his innocence. Co-defendant Sheldon Ward, who claimed sole responsibility for the murder, cheated the executioner by dying of a brain tumor May 13, 2010, while on death row. Foster’s attempts to appeal his conviction reached as far as the U.S. Supreme Court. The Kentucky native's execution was still being challenged by his attorneys, who claim the state has made numerous errors in designating and acquiring execution drugs. More background is at  > Backpage on Cleve 'Sarge' Foster.


  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 founded, and hosted for 30 years, KPFT’s Prison Show,

  Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a Texas native and attorney who has sat at the defense table or the prosecutor's table in various capital cases. Now retired from the courtroom, he is a popular legal educator in Houston.

  Featured Interview: SYLVIA GARZA, Ms. Garza heads the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She has led contingents from the Valley to Houston or Auston many times, to testify, lobby or protest against the Texas death penalty. Her son, Robert Garza, was condemned for taking part in a crime in which someone else committed a murder. No other state allows the death penalty for law-of-parties murder convictions. Foster's conviction was obtained under the Texas law of parties. Ms. Garza is one of several people featured in the documentary, DON'T KILL MY FATHER (2010), about the ordeals of families with loved ones on Texas death row. The film will screen April 8 at Rice Cinema, Houston, as part of the Prison Reform Film Festival. Details at > Film Festival.

  Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement and long-time activist against the death penalty,

  Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVID ATWOOD, board member of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 

  On, May 3, Texas plans to execute TERRY KERR. If that happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details: 
PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay  
THEME SONG: “Death by Texas,” Victoria Panetti of SheMonster International  

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