Monthly Archives: June 17, 2010

Parole board unanimously declines to commute David Powell’s sentence: Rick Perry can still grant 30 day reprieve This is what happens with a parole board composed entirely of appointees of a Republican governor who has been in office for ten years.  From the Austin American Statesman  By Tony Plohetski | Friday, June 11, 2010, 02:17 PM Parole board declines to commute Powell’s sentence Members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole unanimously voted today against commuting the death sentence of David Lee Powell, who fatally shot an Austin police officer 32 years ago. Powell’s scheduled execution by lethal injection is set for Tuesday in Huntsville. Powell is among the state longest-serving death row inmates; the state has never executed an inmate who has served so long behind bars. Powell, 59, was convicted and sentenced to death in the May 18, 1978 death of Police Officer Ralph Ablanedo during a traffic stop in South Austin. Ablanedo was shot 10 times with an AK-47. Powell’s supporters have said that in his time behind bars, he has counseled fellow inmates and helped others learn to read. This week, Powell’s attorneys filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus to state District Judge Mike Lynch and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, saying that jurors inaccurately predicted his future dangerousness. Lynch has said that he will let the Court of Criminal Appeals rule. That court has not yet made a decision. The recommendation of the board of pardons and parole now goes to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who can accept it or grant a one-time 30-day reprieve. Monday, June 14, people in Austin will gather at the Texas capitol to express their support for stopping the execution of David Powell and commuting his death sentence.  The demonstration in support of clemency will take place Monday, June 14, on the sidewalk in front of the capitol at Congress and 11th Street at 5:30 pm. The execution is scheduled to take place the day after the protest. Groups organizing the protest include Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Texas Moratorium Network and Students Against the Death Penalty. Join the Facebook page for this event here. Powell has spent 32 years on death row, where he has become an example of how a person sentenced to death can transform his life and make a positive contribution to his community on death row as well as on the society outside prison. The Austin American Statesman has endorsed commuting Powell's death sentence to life in prison without parole. The Austin Chronicle has also said that the execution should not take place. Thousands of people have written letters in support of clemency to District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Rick Perry can still grant a 30 day stay of execution. The contact information for Governor Perry is: (512) 463-1782 or through his email form on his website. For more information on the Powell case, visit letdavidlive.org. Date: Monday, June 14, 2010 Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Location: Texas State Capitol Street: Congress and 11th City/Town: Austin, TX

This is what happens with a parole board composed entirely of appointees of a Republican governor who has been in office for ten years. From the Austin American Statesman  By Tony Plohetski | Friday, June 11, 2010, 02:17 PM Parole board declines to commute Powell’s sentence Members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole unanimously voted today…read more

Lyrics for Song "Let David Live" by Luke Redfield

LET DAVID LIVE by luke redfieldhttp://lukeredfield.comhttp://letdavidlive.org May 31, 2010 young man fell in with the wrong crowdwe all done things of which we ain’t proudhe may have not been right in the mindand that don’t pardon his heinous crimebut david lee powell has shown his remorsefor the night in ’68 when he went off course ralph…read more

Holland v. Florida

Today the US Supreme Court ruled that courts should not rigidly enforce the one year statute of limitations in filing a federal habeas petition challenging a sentence or conviction.  The Court held that federal courts should favor allowing a petition to be filed late in some circumstances. This may seem like a technical legal issue…read more

Execution Watch: David Powell faces death Tuesday

     David Lee Powell By Elizabeth SteinProducer, Execution Watch Many Texas prison employees were not born yet in 1978 when David Powell arrived on death row; few of them could imagine the international network of support he has developed since then. But they’ll work to carry out his death sentence Tuesday, when Powell is slated…read more

Austin Chronicle: Prosecuting Judge Sharon Keller

“Prosecuting Judge Sharon Keller” is the title Jordan Smith’s article for the Austin Chronicle. Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller says the fact that she is still having to defend herself against the false allegation that she closed the court to a death row inmate on the day of his execution is an example…read more

Media Coverage of June 9 Press Conference to Stop Execution of David Powell

Media coverage of press conference that Texas Moratorium Network helped organize on June 9, 2010. David Powell is scheduled for execution in Texas on June 15, 2010. For more information, visit letdavidlive.org. TMN’s Scott Cobb moderated the press conference. Speakers were David Powell’s lawyer Richard Burr (photo left), Sissy Farenthold, Jude Filler, David Powell’s uncle…read more