HANK SKINNER: Change.org created a petition for Hank!!!


Hank Skinner is scheduled to die on November 9. But the state of Texas may execute him without even conducting DNA tests on all of the evidence from his trial, despite a decade of requests from Hank and his lawyers.

Hank has been on death row since 1995 for the murders of his girlfriend and her two adult sons, and has steadfastly professed his innocence. Since his conviction, the star witness against Hank has recanted her testimony, and others have implicated another man as the killer.

Hank has just 8 days to live. His family created an organization called “Justice 4 Hank,” and they’re fighting for a DNA test for Hank. 

They started a petition on Change.org asking the Gray County District Attorney and the courts to order full DNA tests to determine if Hank is actually guilty — and to prevent Texas from possibly executing an innocent man. Click here to add your name to the petition.

At the time of his trial, the prosecution conducted DNA tests on the clothes Hank was wearing — but declined to test the rest of the physical evidence, including a rape kit, the murder weapons, several hairs clutched in the victim’s hand, and a bloody windbreaker that strongly resembles that of the man accused by others of being the true murderer.

Since the year 2000, Hank has been requesting that the office of the District Attorney that prosecuted him order DNA tests on the remaining evidence. But the DA’s office has continuously denied those requests, saying Hank should have requested the tests before his trial.

The Gray County District Attorney’s office has neglected to order these tests for more than a decade without consequences. By signing this petition, you can let members of that office know that their actions are being watched, and that it is unacceptable to send a potentially innocent man to his death without collecting all the relevant evidence.

Hank could die as soon as next week. Please sign the Change.org petition created by “Justice 4 Hank” and demand the Gray County District Attorney order a DNA test on the rest of the evidence before the execution. Click here to add your name:

http://www.change.org/petitions/in-the-interest-of-justice-grant-dna-testing-to-hank-skinner

Please, go to Change.org to sign the petition! Thank You!

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Michael and the Change.org team

Casus Hank Skinner: The Link to Petition & Videos


http://www.change.org/petitions/in-the-interest-of-justice-grant-dna-testing-to-hank-skinner

here some links:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-death-row-inmate-asking-judge-to-force-prosecutor-to-turn-over-evidence-for-dna-t 

Don´t forget: Here is a new DNA-Test demanded!

Please, read Hank´s letter whe wrote in the “Hell-Whole”.

 http://youtu.be/-3b_SEaO5mAests/2011/10/24/gIQA5WPgBM_story.htm

Please, view the Video about Hank:

http://youtu.be/-3b_SEaO5mA

Please, write to Hank:

hwskinner@yahoo.com

Michael Morton´s First Day of Freedom!


some links to this wonderful message! I am so glad and wished for all who sitting innocently in prison to come free – soon!

Los Angeles Times:

TX Man Convicted of Wife’s Murder Freed after 25 Years (10/4/11)

ABC News: Michael Morton Goes Free After Nearly 25 Years in Prison, Exonerated for Wife’s Murder (10/4/11)

Washington Post (via AP): DNA Evidence Frees TX Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Nearly 25 Years for Wife’s ’86 Slaying (10/4/11)

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row ‘Justice’ – COLORLINES


Beyond Troy Davis

Photo: Creative Commons/World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

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The state of Georgia ignored a mountain of evidence and killed Troy Davis on Wednesday night. But the movement that grew out of the effort to save his life has cast irreparable doubt on the country’s death penalty system. That a man whose innocence seemed so clear to many—or, at the very least, worth of a second look—can be so hastily killed casts doubt over nearly every stage of his prosecution. And that fact has become a rallying cry for people around the world.

: How Race Colors Death Row ‘Justice’ – COLORLINES.

Discussion About the Future of Death Penalty with Barry Scheck


New York Event:

Barry Scheck on the Death Penalty Posted: 27 Sep 2011 03:42 PM PDT This Saturday, October 1st, Innocence Project co-director Barry Scheck will participate in a panel discussion about the future of the death penalty during The New Yorker Festival, moderated by Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer at The New Yorker. Scheck will join Marc Klaas, head of the KlaasKids Foundation; Joshua Marquis, District Attorney of Astoria, Oregon; and Danalynn Recer, founder and executive director of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, for the discussion titled, “Is the death penalty dying?” The discussion will be held at the Directors Guild Theatre in New York City and tickets are on sale for $30. Read more about the event. Get tickets.

Answering questions: Innocence Project


Questions for an Innocence Project Attorney Posted: 14 Sep 2011 03:31 PM PDT Have a question about the Innocence Project’s work or an issue related to wrongful convictions? We’ve got answers! Senior Staff Attorney Vanessa Potkin will be answering your questions in a short video tomorrow (Thursday). Send us your questions by 10 a.m. ET on Thursday and we’ll post a video answering as many as we can in the afternoon. Send your questions to info@innocenceproject.org, post them to our Facebook page, or ask them on Twitter (mention @innocenceblog so we see them). We’ll post the video here tomorrow with answers.

Source: Innocenceproject.com

The Grieving Case of Cameron Todd Willingham


Cameron Todd Willingham: Wrongfully Convicted and Executed in Texas Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for allegedly setting a fire that killed his three young daughters 13 years earlier. He always claimed his innocence, and the arson investigation used to convict him was questioned by leading experts before Willingham was executed. Since 2004, further evidence in the case has led to the inescapable conclusion that Willingham did not set the fire for which he was executed. The Texas Forensic Science Commission issued its report on the convictions of Cameron Todd Willingham and Ernest Willis on April 15, 2011 recommending more education and training for fire investigators and implementing procedures to review old cases. Read more on the case below, along with news coverage and key documents. • Case Summary • Media Coverage • Final Texas Forensic Science Commission report on Willingham / Willis cases • Texas Forensic Science Commission — History and Key Documents • Myths and Facts About the Willingham Case • The New Yorker: “Trial By Fire” • Complete Trial Transcript Case Summary On December 23, 1991, a fire destroyed the Corsicana, Texas, home Cameron Todd Willingham shared with his wife and three daughters, killing the three girls. Willingham, who was asleep when the fire started, survived. His wife was at the Salvation Army buying Christmas presents for the girls. At Willingham’s 1992 trial, prosecutors claimed he intentionally set fire to his home in order to kill his own children. Willingham said he was asleep in the home when the fire started and always maintained his innocence. He was convicted based on the testimony of forensic experts who said they had determined that the fire was intentionally set and a jailhouse informant who said Willingham had confessed to him. On October 29, 1992, he was sentenced to death. (Download the full trial transcripts here.)

Source: InnocenceProject.org – read more there

 

It´s about Troy Davis, again: now from Change.org


I crossposted all the facts about Troy Davis - here in Germany & Europe, too!

Update on Troy Davis: 9 days to stop Georgia from killing an innocent man. Sign his sister’s petition. Dear Annamaria, Update on Troy Davis: Troy is scheduled to be executed in nine days, unless you take action to save him. Seven witnesses swear that Troy Davis is innocent, and that another man committed the crime for which Troy has spent the last 20 years on Georgia’s Death Row. According to Amnesty International, some of the witnesses say they knew Troy was innocent, but police coerced them to say Troy was guilty. Kim Davis is Troy’s sister, and she’s using Change.org to try to save her brother’s life. Kim started a petition asking the Georgia Board of Parole and Pardons to halt Troy’s execution. More than 160,000 have signed. Will you add your name to Kim’s petition now? Five members of the Georgia Parole Board will decide next Monday whether Troy should be executed. But in that short time, your signature can make a difference. Our organizers are sending daily updates to news media in Georgia and across the country with the rapidly growing petition totals. And on Thursday, Kim will personally deliver every last one to the Parole Board. Can you help Kim Davis bring 200,000 signatures to the Parole Board this Thursday? Every signature on her petition can help save Troy’s life. Thanks for being a change-maker, – Michael and the Change.org team


 The Plain Dealer Cleveland / Cleveland News
 

c13ayres2.jpgView full sizeMarvin Fong, The Plain DealerDavid Ayers embraces family and friends as he is released Monday from the Cuyahoga County Jail.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man, who spent more than a decade in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, stepped out of Cuyahoga County jail a free man Monday thanks to a federal court’s ruling that the trial court trampled his rights when it allowed a jailhouse informant to testify against him.

David Ayers, 54, though still handcuffed and wearing a jailhouse orange jumpsuit, was all smiles as Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo wished him well and told him he soon would be released.

“I know prison is very hard,” she said. “But you look well, and you’ve had very good lawyers working on your behalf … Welcome back into the community Mr. Ayers.”

Prosecutors, earlier at the hearing in Russo’s courtroom, dismissed charges against Ayers related to the 1999 slaying of 76-year-old Dorothy Brown, who lived at an apartment complex where Ayers also lived and served as a security guard.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Kevin Filiatraut said the case would be much more difficult to prove without the testimony of the informant, who told Cleveland detectives that Ayers confessed to the murder when the two men shared a jail pod.

But Ayers’ legal team, which includes attorneys from the Cuyahoga County Public Defender‘s Office and the Ohio Innocence Project, said after the hearing that the true grounds for dismissal were the results of new DNA tests that excluded Ayers as a suspect.

David Ayres freed from prison David Ayres freed from prison David Ayres was serving time in prison for murder. New DNA testing did not trace back to him, allowing him to be released. Watch video

“We’re very happy about the fact that he’s free,” said John Martin, appellate supervisor of the County Public Defender’s Office, who worked on the case. “But our joy is tempered by the fact that an innocent man has spent 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, while the true killer is still out there.”

Ayers was convicted in 2000 of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Court records indicate jurors knew at the time of trial that pubic hairs found on the victim’s body matched neither the victim nor Ayers and convicted him anyway. But for years, Ayers fought for the court to order re-testing of the evidence, which also included blood and fingernail scrapings, in the hopes that new testing methods could indicate the source of DNA found or reveal DNA where previously none could be detected.

The Ohio Innocence Project took on Ayers’ case in 2008, and in November 2009, the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ordered Russo to allow the testing. Results indicated that the DNA belonged to another male but could not specify who.

Meanwhile, Ayers filed for relief from a federal appellate court as well. And the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March, reversed Ayers’ conviction, ruling that his constitutional rights were violated when Russo admitted the jailhouse informant’s testimony.

According to the federal court ruling, the detectives, upon learning of Ayers confession, sent the informant back to gather more details about the murder weapon and money he stole. The court ruled that Ayers had the right to have an attorney present, because the authorities conspired with the informant to incriminate Ayers.

The court gave prosecutors six months to retry Ayers or release him.

Filiatraut said in an interview Monday that Ayers remains a suspect, and prosecutors reserve the right to refile charges against him once Cleveland detectives resume their investigation.

Filiatraut denied that the DNA evidence was the reason for the case’s dismissal. However, he did acknowledge that the source of the DNA must be determined.

“The DNA has nothing to do with the decision to dismiss the charges,” Filiatraut said. “But the DNA testing that was completed raises a serious question: Whose DNA is this, and what part, if any, did this person play in the murder of Dorothy Brown?”

Ayers was released from jail just after 2 p.m. — simultaneously smiling and sobbing — to a throng of family and friends on the first floor of the downtown Justice Center.

“It’s OK,” said his sister, Valerie Ayers, embracing him and wiping tears from his cheeks. “It’s over now.”

 

Troy Davis again: Please, write a letter to


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I’m writing to call on you today to grant clemency in the case of Troy Anthony Davis, who faces execution on September 21 despite serious doubts about his guilt. Davis was convicted almost exclusively on the basis of eyewitness identification testimony, which has been shown through DNA exonerations and thousands of academic studies to be unreliable. Seven of the nine eyewitnesses who testified at his trial have since recanted and strong evidence points to another person as the real perpetrator in the case. Eight people have been exonerated through DNA testing in Georgia after serving a total of over 100 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. All eight of them were misidentified by eyewitnesses at their original trials. Georgia cannot afford to make a mistake with a man’s life, and we urge you to commute Davis’ conviction to life so the evidence in his case can be further reviewed. Thank you for your attention to this case.

 

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