By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch
Texas plans to execute a man tomorrow who’s at the eye of an international political storm.
Humberto Leal, Jr., wasn’t given consular access at his arrest, as guaranteed in the Vienna Treaty on Consular Relations. Gov. Rick Perry is under intense pressure to put off the execution, at least until the treaty issue is resolved.
Unless Humberto receives a stay, we’ll broadcast live news and commentary of his execution on Execution Watch. Details are below. Supporters may now “Like” the Execution Watch page on Facebook.
July 7, 2011, 6-7 PM CT
Houston: KPFT 90.1 FM
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
HUMBERTO LEAL, JR., 38. President Obama’s pleas to stay the Mexican citizen’s execution are having no impact on Governor Perry, who is also turning a deaf ear to the international community and the elite of the U.S. military and criminal justice system. They’ve warned that Leal’s execution would endanger Americans abroad by violating a treaty guaranteeing consular access to foreign nationals who are arrested. Leal’s executioin is slated six years to the week since he was condemned in the slaying of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl. More background at executionwatch.org > Backpage on Humberto Leal, Jr.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict whose activism has included shepherding several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court., he founded, and hosted for 30 years, the Prison Show on KPFT. His new internet talk show may be heard every weekday on hmsnetradio.org at 2 p.m. CT.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator and retired attorney, he’s a native Texan and iconoclast who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution table and the defense table.
Featured Interview: PROF. DENNIS LONGMIRE, Professor of criminal justice and director of the Survey Research Program at Sam Houston State University, His research has been widely published. Among his professional activities is serving on the Jail Diversion Task Force, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, Texas. He is a frequent participant in silent vigils outside the death house in Huntsville.
Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC. Founder of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org/
Reporter, Houston Vigil: DAVE ATWOOD, board member of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and author of the memoir, Detour to Death Row. www.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On July 20, Texas plans to execute MARK STROMAN. If that happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details: executionwatch.org
PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay @gmail.com.
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