"Richard Glossip is innocent and his execution would be the result of a wrongful conviction, according to a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Mr. Glossip’s attorneys today with the United States Supreme Court. Information on the appeal was circulated to news organizations worldwide the afternoon of Tuesday (September 29). The petition comes a day after a splintered Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied, in a close 3-2 vote, Mr. Glossip’s request for an evidentiary hearing and a stay of execution. Mr. Glossip is scheduled for execution in Oklahoma at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30. Arguing that the execution of Mr. Glossip would be unconstitutional because of the weakness of the evidence against him, the petition states: “’The State’s entire case’ against Mr. Glossip turned upon the testimony of Justin Sneed.Newly discovered evidence completely undermines Sneed’s credibility. Mr. Glossip claimed below that his execution based solely on Sneed’s bargained for, and now provably unreliable, testimony would violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments."...Additionally, new evidence implicates the interrogation of Justin Sneed. Dr. Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D., is the national, leading expert on police-induced false confessions and erroneous convictions. After reviewing Mr. Glossip’s case, based on decades of social science research, he concluded that law enforcement in this case used the “personal and situational factors associated with, and believed to cause, false confessions.” See Dr. Richard Leo report, App. B... Donald Knight, one of Glossip’s lawyers, observed in today’s press release: “This case splintered the Court of Criminal Appeals — a 3-2 vote. Two Judges believed a further stay of execution and a hearing on innocence was required on the facts. We should all be deeply concerned about an execution under such circumstances..." Knight’s team of lawyers seeking to present Glossip’s execution includes Kathleen Lord and Mark Olive."
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