Friday, September 25, 2015
Bulletin: Richard Glossip; Oklahoma; State responds to affidavits from condemned inmate Richard Glossip's legal team; Claims in a filing with a state appeals court that the reliability of new witnesses in Glossip's innocence claim is "inherently suspect". Tulsa World;
In a court filing Thursday, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office called new witnesses in death-row inmate Richard Glossip’s innocence claim “inherently suspect.” Glossip, 52, came within four hours of execution on Sept. 16 before receiving a stay from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. The court postponed Glossip’s lethal injection until Sept. 30 to provide time for review of new evidence in his claim that he is innocent. Glossip was sentenced to death for hiring Justin Sneed to kill their boss, Barry Alan Van Treese, in 1997. In recent weeks, Glossip’s legal team has filed affidavits from two men who served time with Sneed who said he either lied about Glossip’s involvement in the killing or never mentioned it at all.