Frances Newton: Time to Texecution Growing Shorter

Frances Newton is scheduled to be executed in Texas tomorrow night. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee gave a press conference today, urging that Newton be granted a reprieve.

Ms. Newton's habeas sought to raise three independent claims:

  • The first is that she is actually innocent, and that had she received effective counsel, no rational juror would have convicted her.
  • The second is that she is actually innocent of the sentence (meaning she should not have been sentenced to death).
  • Thirdly, her conviction and sentence violate the due process clause, because the State has destroyed potentially exculpatory evidence


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    Re: Frances Newton: Time to Texecution Growing Sho (none / 0) (#1)
    by mpower1952 on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:46 PM EST
    I emailed Gov. Perry. I pray it helps.

    No matter where you stand on the death penalty, you have to admit that there must be a moratorium in Texas. The terrible representation alone makes that clear. Even the most vociferous, pro-death penalty prosecutor I know agrees that if you can't even come close to providing adequate representation, you need to stop putting people to death...at least until you can fix the system a little bit.