Condemn Texas for Flawed Execution Policies

Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry

Goal: Demand that the death penalty be banned in Texas

Kimberly McCarthy is soon scheduled to be executed for a murder she allegedly committed in 1997. She will become the 500th prisoner to be executed by the state of Texas alone since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S. in 1976. Unless she receives a stay of execution, McCarthy is set to face lethal injection for murdering her neighbor. A stay is a possibility (she’s received a reprieve twice this year) but is unlikely.

McCarthy’s lawyer, Maurie Levin, has filed a motion to “stay execution with the Texas court of criminal appeals,” arguing that McCarthy has suffered from the greatest flaw that appears in death penalty cases: racial discrimination. Specifically, Levin alleges that prosecutors in McCarthy’s case deliberately distorted the racial composition of the jury. Dallas County (the county in which the trial was held) is 69 percent white and 23 percent black, but only one of the prosecution-approved jurors in the entire case was African-American.

Over three-thousand people are currently awaiting punishment on death row, despite the fact that evidence has demonstrated that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime, that it cannot be administered without a trace of racial bias, and that it costs three times as much as life imprisonment. It is also important to remember there is no way to revoke the punishment if the victim is later revealed to be innocent. No person or organization should have the right to take a person’s life. Deliberately murdering an alleged-criminal is an uncivilized and primitive form of justice. Demand that Governor Perry work to change the flawed execution policies of Texas.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Rick Perry,

Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed for a murder she allegedly committed in 1997. She is set to become the 500th prisoner to be executed by the state of Texas alone since 1976. Unless she receives an unlikely stay of execution, McCarthy will be killed for murdering her neighbor.

McCarthy’s lawyer, Maurie Levin, filed a motion to “stay execution with the Texas court of criminal appeals,” arguing that her client has suffered from the most significant flaw that appears in death penalty cases: racial discrimination. Specifically, Levin alleges that prosecutors in McCarthy’s case deliberately distorted the racial composition of the jury. While Dallas County (the county in which the trial was held) is 69% white and 23% black, only one of the prosecution-approved jurors in the entire case was African-American.

More than 3,000 people currently await punishment on death row, despite insurmountable evidence demonstrating that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime, that it cannot be administered without a trace of racial bias, and that it costs three times as much as life imprisonment. It is also essential to recognize there is no way to revoke the punishment if the victim is later revealed to be innocent. No person or organization should have the right to take a person’s life. Deliberately murdering an alleged criminal is an uncivilized and primitive form of justice, and we demand that you work to change the flawed execution policies in your state.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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