Richard Glossip Returns to the Supreme Court

1 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Latest: Oklahoma delays execution until high court weighs in.

McALESTER, Okla. He avoided the death penalty through a plea deal which saw him testify in court that Glossip paid him to commit the crime, a claim he stood by in a re-trial in 2004.OKLAHOMA CITY — The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of his boss but claims he was framed by the actual killer (all times are local): British billionaire Richard Branson took out a full-page ad in The Oklahoman newspaper urging the state to stop the planned execution of an inmate who argues he’s innocent.Richard Glossip, 52, who has always maintained his innocence as he languished on death row for almost 18 years, is set to face the lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in McAlester at 3pm. Glossip was scheduled to be executed two weeks ago, but was granted a reprieve three hours before the penalty was about to be carried out, so that claims of new evidence could be assessed.

According to the Guardian, an open letter was also written by Sneed’s daughter that suggests her father considered recanting his original statement, which would “exonerate Mr Glossip”. Wednesday, but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says the agency will wait until hearing from the Supreme Court on whether Glossip’s execution should move forward. The letter says a commutation ‘would give clearer witness to the value and dignity of every person’s life.’ However spokesman for Fallin says the governor does not have the authority to grant a commutation. Glossip, 52, was one of three condemned inmates who argued that Oklahoma’s three-drug combination risked causing unconstitutional pain and suffering, after one of the drugs — midazolam, a short-acting sedative — had a role in three apparently painful executions last year. Following the decision, lawyers for Glossip reportedly made last-minute appeals to the US Supreme Court, to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for a 60-day stay of execution and to the criminal appeals board for a new hearing.

Before Charles Warner was executed in January, Oklahoma prison officials waited about an hour before proceeding while justices considered whether the sedative midazolam was an appropriate drug to use. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment because it didn’t adequately render an inmate unconscious before the second and third drugs were administered. The high-profile case attracted international attention after Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon, who portrayed nun and death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean in the movie ‘Dead Man Walking,’ took up his cause.

She said the execution – the first she will be witnessing since 2004 – will be extremely difficult for her, but added: ‘I am doing everything for him I can, to try to be with him in those final moments of terror. Glossip was convicted on the testimony of Sneed, who confessed to beating Treese to death with a baseball bat, but said he had been hired to do it by Glossip. A death row inmate’s scheduled execution for his role in a 1997 motel killing would be the first in Oklahoma since the nation’s highest court upheld the state’s three-drug lethal injection formula.

But last week, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said that he has not seen any new evidence that suggests Glossip is not guilty, adding the whole thing is ‘a b******** PR campaign’. Senator Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican; former Dallas Cowboys and University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer as well as the Innocence Project, a group that seeks to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners.

Now, after almost two decades, the victim’s son Dabiel Van Treese, who is planning to attend the execution, said the people fighting to spare Glossip’s life have ‘more money than sense’. Van Treese’s room to steal his car keys so he could take the money. “At the time that Justin Sneed did this, we know now that he was a 19-year-old meth addict,” said Donald R.

I think it’s stunning, and I think people see that.” On Monday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals declined to hold a hearing on new evidence presented by Mr. Glossip’s lawyers was “credible evidence of Richard Glossip’s innocence.” A representative for Pope Francis also asked Governor Fallin to commute Mr. Van Treese had been murdered and that his body was in Room 102 of the motel but did not tell the police and told a front-desk clerk not to put the room on the housekeeping list. Knight visited his client last week and planned on speaking with him again at the prison Wednesday afternoon. “He’s nervous and he’s obviously scared,” Mr.

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