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STORY: "Time is running out for Richard Glossip," by Liliana Segura, published by "The Intercept, on September 4, 2015.
GIST: " Glossip’s temporary reprieve last January came as the U.S. Supreme Court took up his challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol, to decide whether it subjected prisoners to the risk of excruciatingly painful deaths — cruel and unusual punishment. But this summer, the Court upheld the protocol — and Oklahoma swiftly set a new date for her uncle to die: September 16, 2015, less than two weeks from now. In July, The Intercept published an investigation into Glossip’s conviction, highlighting the incongruities and lack of evidence in the case. Transcripts from Sneed’s police interrogation in 1997 show how he was encouraged by Oklahoma City detectives to implicate Glossip and avoid the death penalty by testifying against him. (Sneed is currently serving a life without parole sentence at a medium security prison.) Trial transcripts also show how Sneed’s story morphed considerably between his interrogation and the first and second trials, becoming more elaborate and detailed as time passed. A particularly compelling piece of evidence suggesting Sneed lied to save himself came just last year, from his grown daughter, O’Ryan Justine Sneed, who wrote a letter to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, asking them to spare Glossip’s life and stating firmly that she believes he is innocent. “For a couple of years now, my father has been talking to me about recanting his original testimony,” she wrote of Sneed. But he was afraid about the implications. “I feel he is holding important facts about Mr. Glossip’s case in fear of losing his own Deal.”.........With time running out, Glossip’s attorneys have sought out new legal avenues to block his execution, while also seeking others who might be able to support what Sneed’s daughter wrote in her clemency letter. In the meantime, a growing chorus of activists are calling on the state of Oklahoma to grant Glossip a reprieve. On August 31, Susan Sarandon, along with the famed anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, who Sarandon portrayed in Dead Man Walking, appeared on Dr. Phil to make a public plea against Glossip’s execution. An Oklahoma native, Dr. Phil McGraw also invited Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to appear on the show. Instead, Fallin’s office sent a statement: “The legal process has run its course, and the execution is going to move forward as planned.”
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