Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Frances Newton

Well, I guess it takes scaring the bejeebers out of me to get back in the saddle. We'll see if I can keep up, but for today, I'm starting with Frances Newton.

Frances Newton is scheduled to be executed tonight by the State of Texas. There is untested evidence in this case that could show that Frances Newton may well be actually innocent. The Texas courts and Governor Perry are aware of this possibility. The courts have denied Frances another stay of execution. Her appeals are supposedly "up."

I don't get it. I just don't get it. If you have evidence that might show someone is innocent (or at least provide cause for a new trial), why wouldn't you test it? If you believe in the death penalty, why wouldn't you do EVERYTHING you could to assure someone was truly guilty before killing them? Isn't a death penalty proponents biggest fear the execution of a person who is actually innocent? Wouldn't the execution of an innocent woman in Texas totally undermine the Texas death penalty system?

Save Governor Perry's office and urge him to commute her sentence (at the very least).

Last-ditch efforts made to save Frances Newton

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