Bulletin: Major development: Richard Glossip; Oklahoma; The Atlantic reports that he has been granted a last-minute stay until September 30 to consider evidence that he may have neen framed; The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal appeals court, granted the stay less than eight hours before his scheduled execution at 5 p.m.
criminal-appeals court granted Richard Glossip an eleventh-hour stay of
execution Wednesday until September 30 to hear new evidence he may have
been framed. ........As concerns about Glossip’s possible innocence grew over the summer, a
broad array of public figures urged Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to
stay Glossip’s execution for 60 days to allow new evidence to be heard, including
Sister Helen Prejean, former Senator Tom Coburn, and former University
of Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer. Oklahoma City District Attorney
David Prater dismissed their efforts a “bullshit P.R. campaign” on Monday. Fallin announced Tuesday she saw “no reason to cast doubt on the
guilty verdict reached by the jury or to delay Glossip’s sentence of
death”and ruled out a temporary reprieve.
Glossip’s legal team then petitioned the Oklahoma Court of Criminal
Appeals, the state’s highest criminal-appeals court, to intervene. The
court granted the stay less than eight hours before his scheduled
execution at 5 p.m. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/the-troubling-case-of-richard-glossip/405646/
My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on! Harold Levy.