By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch
No one disagrees that Marvin Wilson meets widely accepted criteria for mental retardation. No one disagrees the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the execution of people who are mentally retarded. But Texas plans to put Wilson to death Tuesday. Unless there’s a stay, Execution Watch will broadcast.
RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Unless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live:
Tues., Aug. 7, 2012, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1, and
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
MARVIN WILSON, 54, was sentenced to death for his conviction in the 1992 kidnapping and murder of a police informant following a confrontation. A tip from the victim had led to a police search in which drugs were seized and charges lodged against Wilson. His attorneys have argued unsuccessfully on appeal that he is ineligible for execution because he is clearly mentally retarded. Background at www.executionwatch.org > Backpage on Wilson.
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 attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY and LARRY DOUGLAS.
Featured Interview: PROF. JODY MADEIRA, author of KILLING MCVEIGH: THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE MYTH OF CLOSURE. Prof. Madeira, who teaches at Indiana University’s School of Law., studied the Oklahoma City bombing to determine how survivors came to terms with the mass murder. In this first-ever case study of closure, she demonstrates the importance of understanding what closure is before asserting it has been — or can ever be — reached. Go to http://nyupress.org/authors.aspx?authorID=2714 or search for KILLING MCVEIGH.
Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, founder and leader, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, a founder of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, ww.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On Aug. 22, Texas plans to kill JOHN BALENTINE. Unless he gets a stay, we’ll broadcast;
PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
STUDIO ENGINEER: Doyle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.