[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----TEXAS, GA., CALIF., ALA.

Rick Halperin rhalperi at mail.smu.edu
Wed Jul 14 23:33:44 CDT 2004





July 14



TEXAS:

Sarandon visits with death-row inmate


Actress Susan Sarandon spoke with a condemned Texas killer for 2 hours
today in a low-key death row visit.

Sarandon would not comment on her visit with James Vernon Allridge III. He
is scheduled to die next month for the 1985 shooting death of a Fort Worth
convenience store clerk, Brian Clendennen.

Allridge's connection to Sarandon might stem from his artistic pursuits. A
Web site says he has produced handmade greeting cards that have sold
through the United States and Europe since 1993. Sarandon is listed among
several celebrity advocates for liberal causes who have purchased cards.

The actress is an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. She won an
Academy Award for her portrayal of an anti-capital punishment crusader in
the film, "Dead Man Walking."

(source: Associated Press)




GEORGIA----impending execution

DNA attorney asks parole board to postpone Crawford execution


An attorney known nationally for using DNA evidence to clear wrongly
convicted inmates asked Georgia's parole board Wednesday to postpone the
execution of convicted murderer Eddie Albert Crawford or risk killing the
wrong man.

Barry Scheck, who gained fame as a member of O.J. Simpson's criminal
defense team, said newly discovered evidence in Crawford's case could
prove his guilt or innocence, but that there's not enough time to run the
tests before Crawford's execution, scheduled for Monday.

"It would be a terrible tragedy to execute this man before DNA tests that
could (prove) guilt or innocence," Scheck said.

Crawford was convicted of murdering his 2-year-old niece, Leslie Michelle
English, after kidnapping and raping her.

The Griffin man was linked to the 1983 crime by hair and carpet fibers
found on the girl's body. He has said he was drunk on the night of the
killing and blacked out.

After a closed hearing by the state Board of Pardons & Paroles, Scheck
said he argued that 2 newly discovered hairs found on the girl's body and
clothing could be tested using DNA technology not available in Georgia to
determine if they belong to Crawford or someone else.

"This is obviously powerful evidence," Scheck said. "If it doesn't match
Mr. Crawford, it helps him in this case."

Scheck is co-founder of The Innocence Project in New York. In just over 11
years, the project has used DNA tests to help clear 145 people who had
been convicted.

The real criminal was found in 44 of those cases, Scheck said.

Crawford was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection last December
before the Georgia Supreme Court put it on hold pending DNA testing of
several items taken from the crime scene.

The high court ruled last month that even if the items tested positive for
someone else's DNA, that wouldn't clear Crawford. The presence of the new
hairs was not known when the Supreme Court heard the appeal, Scheck said.

Scheck also argued Wednesday that there were other legitimate suspects in
the murder, including 3 men convicted or accused of child molestation who
had access to the girl.

Parole board spokeswoman Heather Hedrick said the board likely will rule
on the case in the next 2 days. The board can commute Crawford's sentence
or issue a stay of execution.

(source: Associated Press)






CALIFORNIA:

Man convicted in '78 slaying headed to death row


In Bakersfield, a man convicted of raping and strangling a Mojave Desert
beauty queen more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to death in a Kern
County court.

The judge today affirmed the jury's recommendation for death for Larry
Hazlett Junior in the killing of Tana Woolley.

Woolley, a college student, had been crowned Miss Rosamond in 1976. She
was found dead in her bedroom strangled with one of her blue socks taken
off her left foot in October 1978. Because he lived next door to the
victim's family, Hazlett was questioned as a witness at the time.

The case remained unsolved until 2002, when police used new technology and
D-N-A evidence to link Hazlett to the crime.

Woolley's father, William Woolley, says he doesn't want to see anyone put
to death, but in this case he believes it's justified.

(source: Associated Press)







ALABAMA:

URGENT - PROTEST PENDING EXECUTION

Just when we think the Attorney Generals office has violated every
standard of evolving human decency they pull something new that is even
more repulsive.

An execution date of August 5 has been set for James B. Hubbard.  He will
be murdered by lethal injection including the agonizing pancurium
bromide.

MR. HUBBARD IS 74 YEARS OLD IS IN FRAIL HEALTH.  HE SUFFERS FROM ULCERS,
PROSTATE CANCER AND COLON CANCER AMONG OTHER FRAILTIES.  YOU WOULD THINK
SIMPLE DECENCY WOULD DEMAND MERCY.  BUT NOT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S
OFFICE.

PLEASE CALL THEM AT (334) 242  7300 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE - OF PROTEST WITH
THE SECRETARY

Other prisoners at Donaldson wanted to send a petition to the Governor.
(The first time we have known of this happening).  Donaldson mail room
intercepted the US mail.  They have never before interfered in the mail in
a situation where a case was involved.  Clearly they just do not want to
Governor to get petitions or protests, direct from prisoners.

You may object to Steven Bullard (205) 436-3681.
Leave a message with his secretary.

BELOW IS A COPY OF A LETTER YOU MAY SEND TO THE GOVERNOR BUT PLEASE ALSO
BE SURE TO CALL THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND PROTEST VERBALLY.  ENOUGH PHONE
CALLS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


PHONE :  GOV. BOB RILEY  (334) 242-7100

 EXECUTION VIGIL

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, A VIGIL WILL BE HELD AT 5.45. PM, THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 AT
KELLY INGRAM PARK.  WE MEET UNDER THE STATUE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.
IF RAINING UNDER THE PORTICO OF THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE.

PLEASE TRY TO BE WITH US TO PROTEST THIS BRUTALITY

Alabama Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty
P.O. Box 948
Leeds AL.  35094


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Hon. Bob Riley
State Capital
600 Dexter Avenue  #104
Montgomery    AL  36130

Dear Governor Riley:

	Re:  Execution of James B. Hubbard

If ever a person deserved clemency it is Mr. James Hubbard.  We urge you
to grant clemency to this 74 year old man who is critically ill.   It is
not a question of death penalty per supraventricular ectopy but one of
mercy, compassion and simple decency.

There are many questions still unanswered in his case, among them are
competence of trial counsel, degree of guilt, and possible exculpatory
evidence.

My Hubbard is a very sick and elderly man.  Among other things he suffers
from ulcers, prostate cancer and colon cancer.  To even consider execution
under such circumstances is a sin.

Please show mercy, and simple human decency.


Signed

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