Target: Governor Mary Fallin
Goal: Stop the execution of Richard Glossip, an innocent man on death row.
An innocent man is scheduled to be put to death in September by the state of Oklahoma. After a flawed justice system let him down, it is now– in the last few weeks of his life– up to public outcry to convince Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to save his life. Gov. Fallin, a death penalty enthusiast, hasn’t overturned the conviction despite the complete lack of evidence or motive linking Richard Glossip to the crime. While Glossip waits to die, the self-confessed murderer sits in a medium-security prison.
In 1997, Justin Sneed brutally murdered his boss with a baseball bat. There is video footage of his resulting interrogation, in which a detective blatantly tells Sneed to blame Glossip for the murder. Sneed was granted a plea bargain, sparing himself from the death penalty, by testifying that Glossip hired him to perform the kill. Glossip, who couldn’t afford proper counsel, had incompetent defense attorneys who decided to leave this key piece of evidence out of the trial.
Sneed’s own daughter strongly believes that Glossip is innocent. She wrote a letter to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board stating, “For a couple of years now, my father has been talking to me about recanting his original testimony. I feel his conscious [sic] is getting to him.” This letter is another crucial piece of evidence that never made it to trial. Despite having no physical evidence linking him to the murder, nor a sustainable motive, Glossip was found guilty of “masterminding” the crime.
Actress Susan Sarandon, one of Glossip’s most outspoken advocates, stated, “The only thing now that is going to give him a chance to survive is public opinion.” By signing this petition, you are urging Gov. Fallin to save the life of an innocent man.
Dear Governor Mary Fallin,
Please consider the urgency and seriousness of this petition. An innocent man is going to die under your jurisdiction on September 16. Richard Glossip, charged with hiring the kill on Barry Van Treese– based off of biased testimony from the murderer– deserves a stay of execution and review of his case.
You stated that you’re allowing the execution to go through because two juries upheld Richard’s conviction. However, his defense attorney was so deficient during the first trial that the conviction was overturned. The second trial left two key pieces of evidence out; Justin Sneed’s confession tape, which shows he was coached into testifying against Richard, and O’Ryan Justine Sneed’s clemency letter, which states her dad told her he wanted to recant his original testimony against Richard.
The life of Richard Glossip is not worth the court’s pride in admitting a mistake. The thousands of people who have shown their support for Richard through petitions and the media outlets who all believe in Richard’s innocence will praise the state for granting him the pardon that he deserves.
Richard trusted the justice system. He denied a plea bargain that would have granted him freedom, so that he could maintain his innocence– believing that the truth would set him free. He has instead spent almost two decades behind bars, and now has only two weeks left to live. Please grant Richard Glossip the stay of execution that he deserves.
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