Sunday, June 19, 2011

Execution Watch: Milton Mathis

Milton Mathis's execution is set for Tuesday
By Elizabeth Ann Stein,
Producer, Execution Watch

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- When he arrived in prison, Milton Mathis scored 62 on an IQ test, well below the threshold of 70 that is a widely accepted indication of retardation.
The Supreme Court has banned as cruel and unusual the execution of people who are mentally retarded. Mathis's claims of retardation have never been heard in a federal court. Nonetheless, Texas intends to put him to death Tuesday by lethal injection.
Unless a stay is issued, Execution Watch will broadcast love coverage of the execution and Mathis's case. Details are below and at document/d/ 1T3lNpEPMzLLzdfMRaAP1loNielJX3 MBmXW5imkwherM/edit?hl=en_US.
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June 21, 2011, 6 PM Central Time -- unless a stay is issued
Houston area: KPFT 90.1 FM; Galveston, TX, 89.5; Huntsville, TX, 89.7
Worldwide: > Listen

MILTON MATHIS, 32, He cheated death in 2005 through a stay of execution. Six years later, he received a new date despite the fact that motions alleging he is mentally retarded have never been heard in federal court. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal in February 2011. His attorneys continued to petition for a hearing on evidence that he is retarded and therefore ineligible for execution. The Houston native was convicted in the 1998 shooting deaths of two men in Fort Bend County. More background at > Backpage.

Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict whose activism has included shepherding several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court., he founded, and hosted for 30 years, the Prison Show on KPFT. His new talk show may be heard every weekday on at 2 p.m. CT.

Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator and retired attorney, he’s a native Texan and  iconoclast who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution table and the defense table.

Featured Interview: CLAUDIA WHITMAN, co-authored the Capital Defense Handbook for Defendants and their Families with a former death row prisoner now doing life at Angola. She uses it in trainings around the country. Claudia is executive director of the National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE and coordinates the GrassRoots Investigation Project of the Quixote Center. She serves on the board for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and for CURE. More on CURE’s Death row Assistance Network is at

Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, founder of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement,

Reporter, Texas Vigil: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death penalty; author of memoir, Detour to Death Row.

On July 7, Texas plans to execute HUMBERTO LEAL, JR.. If that happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details:

PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay
THEME: Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International,

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