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Announcement: Melissa Lucio
Scheduled to be legally murdered next month
On April 27th of this year, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute Melissa Lucio for a crime that not even the prosecutor who secured her conviction really believes it is proven she committed (not that he cares). Ours is a brutal justice system in general, but that of Texas is particularly callous and cruel even by our standards. At present, this woman is awaiting execution not because she has been proved guilty of the crime, but because she was convicted by a jury that had been intentionally misled to believe she had made a confession that she had not; and, once a conviction has been handed down, it is apparently simply too much of an administrative and bureaucratic hassle to reverse the injustice, merely to save a life of no great social consequence (her status as a poor latina, that is to say, did not stand her in good stead before the Texas bar of justice).
Please share the story aggressively, and agitate in any way you know how for the execution to be stopped, and for a thorough and honest review of her case to be undertaken by the State of Texas, and perhaps by the federal DOJ if this should qualify (as it should) as a civil rights matter.