death penalty news----MISSOURI
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Rick Halperin
2017-08-22 20:56:56 UTC
Raw Message
August 22


Statement of Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information
Center, on Marcellus
Williams’ Stay of Execution

Governor Greitens’ decision to stay Marcellus Williams’ execution is an
important step in ensuring
that Missouri does not execute an innocent man. The Governor did the right
thing in creating a Board
of Inquiry to look into Mr. Williams’ case. Executing Mr. Williams without the
courts or any agency
of the executive branch meaningfully considering his evidence of innocence
would have been
intolerable and indefensible.

It is important to note, however, that Mr. Williams’ petitions for review are
still pending in the
U.S. Supreme Court and still present some very important issues. Irrespective
of whatever the Board
of Inquiry ultimately recommends, the Court should still review Williams’ case
and should clearly
declare that the constitution guarantees that death-row prisoners who present
substantial evidence
of their innocence be given a meaningful opportunity to prove it in court.


(source: The Death Penalty Information Center (www.deathpenaltyinfo.org) is a
national nonprofit organization that for a quarter century has provided
information and analysis on issues concerning capital
punishment. DPIC prepares in-depth reports and issue analyses, conducts
briefings for the media, and serves as a resource to those working on death
penalty issues)
A service courtesy of Washburn University School of Law www.washburnlaw.edu

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