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02 November 2011 @ 07:05 pm
SIGNAL BOOST: Demand DNA Testing for Death-Row Inmate Hank Skinner before it's too late.  
Originally posted by zeitgeistic at SIGNAL BOOST: Demand DNA Testing for Death-Row Inmate Hank Skinner before it's too late.
Here we go again--another potentially innocent man scheduled to die with questionable evidence. A lot of people reached out to try to save Troy Davis, and it looked like Georgia might issue a stay of execution for him, but in the end, they did not. That doesn't mean we can't save the next person. Hank Skinner is scheduled to be executed in Texas on November 9th, without DNA testing on the evidence.

Whether you believe in the Death Penalty or not, here are highlights of why you should sign this petition, and if you can, call or email the office of Rick Perry (Governor of Texas) to tell him that he must issue a stay of execution and grant DNA testing for Hank Skinner:

• The star witness has recanted her testimony against Hank
• Others have implicated another man as the murderer

Hank Skinner is scheduled to die on November 9. But the state of Texas may execute him without even conducting DNA tests on all of the evidence from his trial, despite a decade of requests from Hank and his lawyers.

Hank has been on death row since 1995 for the murders of his girlfriend and her two adult sons, and has steadfastly professed his innocence. Since his conviction, the star witness against Hank has recanted her testimony, and others have implicated another man as the killer.

At the time of his trial, the prosecution conducted DNA tests on the clothes Hank was wearing -- but declined to test the rest of the physical evidence, including a rape kit, the murder weapons, several hairs clutched in the victim's hand, and a bloody windbreaker that strongly resembles that of the man accused by others of being the true murderer.

Since the year 2000, Hank has been requesting that the office of the District Attorney that prosecuted him order DNA tests on the remaining evidence. But the DA's office has continuously denied those requests, saying Hank should have requested the tests before his trial.

The Gray County District Attorney's office has neglected to order these tests for more than a decade without consequences. By signing this petition, you can let members of that office know that their actions are being watched, and that it is unacceptable to send a potentially innocent man to his death without collecting all the relevant evidence.

Sign the Petition
Contact Governor Perry

moffel83moffel83 on November 3rd, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Death penalty is just barbaric:( I don't even want to think about how many innocent people might have already been killed and I am sure there were some. Just look at all these cases with so much doubt and just look at all the cases of men being released from prison after years and years when DNA tests finally revealed their innocence. There must have been innocents who died as well and the thought just makes me sick:(

I hope this man gets his DNA tests and gets to prove his innocence!
lijahloverlijahlover on November 4th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I hope if he is innocent they set him free.
angelskiss: Dean/Sam - Kissangelskiss on November 3rd, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I am a firm believer in the death penalty, but I am also a firm believer that every person deserves the right to a fair trial and a just outcome from said trial via evidence. Sounds to me like this guy got the shaft. I hope he gets his tests before it's too late.
lijahloverlijahlover on November 4th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I to believe in the death penalty but not what they are doing to this man if he is innocent.
White Rabbitt: Buggs Bunnylather2002 on November 3rd, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
A husband and his wife who have been married 20 years were doing some yard work. The man was working hard cleaning the BBQ grill while his wife was bending over, pulling weeds from the flower bed. So the man says to his wife "Your rear end is almost as wide as this grill" She ignores the remark.

A little later, the husband takes his measuring tape and measures the grill, then he goes over to his wife while she is bending over, measures her rear end and gasps, "Geez, it really IS as wide as the grill !" She ignores this remark as well.

Later that night while in bed, her husband starts to feel frisky. The wife calmly responds, "If you think I'm gonna fire up the grill for one little wiener, you are sadly mistaken."
lijahloverlijahlover on November 4th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)