Bulletin: Richard Glossip: Oklahoma: Attorneys working on 2 fronts to spare death row inmate; (The Norman Transcript); " While one team of lawyers for Richard Glossip is trying to convince a state appeals court that their client is innocent, another group of public defenders is in federal court again challenging the use of a controversial sedative as part of a three-drug formula that will be used to kill him."Associated Press;
"Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate who won a two-week reprieve
from his scheduled execution are working on two legal fronts in an
effort to save their client's life.
one team of lawyers for Richard Glossip is trying to convince a state
appeals court that their client is innocent, another group of public
defenders is in federal court again challenging the use of a
controversial sedative as part of a three-drug formula that will be used
to kill him.
52, was just hours away from being executed Wednesday when the Oklahoma
Court of Criminal Appeals ordered his execution halted for two weeks so
they could have time to review a lengthy legal filing his lawyers had
filed a day earlier. Glossip's attorneys want the court to grant an
evidentiary hearing so they can call witnesses and go over new facts
that they claim "seriously call into question the reliability of Mr.
Glossip's conviction and death sentence."
far the court has only delayed Glossip's execution until Sept. 30 so
they can have time to review the last-minute filing and have not agreed
to grant a hearing......... Among
the new evidence Glossip's attorneys presented is a signed affidavit
from another inmate, Michael Scott, who claims he heard Sneed say "he
set Richard Glossip up, and that Richard Glossip didn't do anything."
The Oklahoman reported Saturday that Scott, according to a prisons
system document, once labeled himself a habitual liar." http://www.normantranscript.com/attorneys-working-on-fronts-to-spare-death-row-inmate/article_1ab24532-8f0e-5cf0-a418-f78b62dbcfe3.htm
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.