John Dear’s Letter on behalf of Death Row inmate Richard Glossip
Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. Sr.Helen Prejean, Susan Sarandon, and thousands of us believe that.
Ten men have been exonerated from death row in Oklahoma in the past 35 years, four of them due to falsified testimony by criminals who had their sentences reduced in exchange for their testimony.
Richard Glossip, who is scheduled for execution on September 16, was convicted solely on the testimony of his coworker, Justin Sneed. Sneed confessed to the murder and avoided the death penalty himself by implicating Richard.
A stay of execution will give Richard’s pro bono lawyers time to prove his innocence.
That’s why I signed a petition to Governor Mary Fallin, which says:
“Stop the planned execution of Richard Glossip on September 16. Richard was convicted of murder after Justin Sneed, the man who confessed to the killing, claimed Richard had hired him to do it, despite a breathtaking lack of evidence. Sneed got a life sentence in a medium-security prison, while the self-serving testimony that saved Sneed’s life sent Richard to death row.
Please grant Richard a stay of execution to allow his attorneys time to gather and present evidence of his innocence.”
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
I have been corresponding with Richard throughout this year. Please join me in praying for a miracle, for a stay. For further info see:www.richardeglossip.com. Thanks for doing what you can for the abolition of the death penalty and for a new world of nonviolence.
God bless you, peace,