ALAA Roots — An Unofficial Site

June 16, 2000

2000.06.16: Rally Monday to Save Shaka’s Life

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 12:11 pm
Tags:

From: LHerschel@HQEAST.HQ [mailto:LHerschel@HQEAST.HQ]
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2000 6:26 PM
To: Everyone At The Legal Aid Society@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: Rally Monday to Save Shaka’s Life

Just a reminder about the rally Monday at 5:00 for GARY GRAHAM/ SHAKA SHAKOFA, an innocent man on Texas’ death row!!

PROTEST TO SAVE GARY GRAHAM: MONDAY, JUNE 19, 5 PM, BUSH FOR PRESIDENT HEADQUARTERS, 45th and Madison

If you can’t get there till 6 or even 7, you should still come.  We need everyone we can get.

Also TELEPHONE GOV. GEORGE BUSH all week:  512-463-2000 or -1782  Fax 512-463-1849
Email letters:
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/email.html

or write:
George W. Bush
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

If you have time to write a letter and send it right away or fax or e-mail it, that’s probably the most effective of the above methods.

*   *   *   *
> On June 22nd, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas is scheduled to preside
> over the execution of 38 year-old Gary Graham.  If allowed to proceed,
> the execution would mark Bush’s 132nd execution as Governor
> —  accounting for about one-fifth of all executions in the United
> States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
>
> Graham’s execution would not only be a new record; it would be a
> tragedy. Gary Graham is innocent of the murder of which he was charged
> and convicted.
>
> As the police department’s own ballistic tests determined, the gun
> with which Graham was arrested and that allegedly linked him to the
> crime could not have fired the bullet that killed the victim. This
> evidence was not offered at trial. In fact, not a single shred of
> physical evidence has linked him to the crime.  Yet, despite several
> other crime scene witnesses who corroborated his innocence, Graham was
> convicted of murder and robbery solely on the questionable testimony
> of one eyewitness.
>
> Furthermore, Graham’s court-appointed lawyers at trial had never tried
> a capital case and conducted no investigation of the evidence —
> evidence which could have been readily discovered and established his
> innocence.  These attorneys even failed to cross examine in the
> prosecution witnesses on crucial matters.
>
> With the evidence of his innocence still unheard, Graham’s case has
> drawn national attention.  Recently, I was joined at a Capitol Hill
> press conference, by Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Minister Benjamin
> Muhammad(formerly named Ben Chavis), Gary Graham’s attorney, Richard
> Burr, and several activists, to call for a stay of execution and a new
> trial for Graham.  Surely, justice must prevail.  You can make sure
> that it does.
>
> Please call Gov. Bush at (ph) 512-463-2000 or (fax)
> 512-463-1849 and
> urge him to grant Gary Graham a stay of execution and a new trial.
> Withthe November presidential elections just months away, George W.
> Bush should call for a moratorium in the State of Texas so that
> decisions of life and death are not determined or complicated by
> “get-tough-on-crime” election year politics.
>
Imperfections in the judicial system, like those underscored in the Graham case, led me to introduce H.R. 4162, the Accuracy in Judicial Administration Act of 2000, which calls for a
> seven-year moratorium  on  the death penalty.
——————————————————-
> Jesse Jackson, Jr. – Congressman Second District of Illinois

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: