HUNTSVILLE, Tex. – Texas plans Thursday to put to death Mario Swain, convicted of murder following a three-day trial in which a prosecution-requested jury shuffle put more whites at the front of the panel of prospective jurors.
Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary.
RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Unless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live:
Thurs., Nov. 8, 6-7 PM Central Time
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
MARIO SWAIN , convicted following a three-day trial of murdering an East Texas woman in a burglary-gone-bad. Among his claims on appeal were that the prosecution should have been barred from introducing his confessions, his attorneys failed to investigate evidence of childhood abuse, and a jury shuffle initiated by prosecutors placed more whites at the front of the panel of prospective jurors. Background: www.executionwatch.org > Backpage on Swain.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded — and hosted for 30 years — The Prison Show on KPFT. His HMS radio show broadcasts each Wednesday at 2 p.m.: hmsnetradio.org.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator, retired attorney and native Texan who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution and defense tables. Joining him will be Houston criminal defense attorney SUSAN ASHLEY.
Featured Interview: JOHANNA STEINBERG, assistant counsel of the criminal justice practice for the NAACP’s Legal Defense & Educational Fund, based in New York. Her work includes post-conviction capital appeals and indigent defense reform. http://www.naacpldf.org
Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, founder and leader, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and former board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, ww.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On Nov. 14, Texas plans to kill RAMON HERNANDEZ. Unless he gets a stay, we will broadcast.
PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
STUDIO ENGINEER: Doyle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster