Day: March 6, 2012

About D.R.I.V.E Movement

They are a group of prisoners that seek to unite the death row community to bring about change for everyone caged here on Texas Death Row. Due to the ever worsening deplorable environment of Texas Death Row they have no choice but to push forward and initiate change in the conditions.

Through DRIVE they have organized a group of passionate prisoner activists who have put aside all minor barriers of ethnicity, creed, color and beliefs, to focus on the injustices forced upon us by this system. By means of inner-resistance, organizing, outer petitions drives, protests and direct actions,” we will solidify our stance and remain relentless in the fight against oppression !”

Until Humanitarian conditions are implemented and Freedom and true Justice is achieved, DRIVE will continue to be an uncompromising force in the Struggle!

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The busiest death chamber in the industrialized West is preparing to put the 480th notch in its belt of modern death penalty, and Execution Watch will cover the details.

Keith Thurmond’s attorney missed a filing deadline, causing Thurmond to lose his federal appeal, the last constitutionally required review before a death sentence may be carried out. Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary Wednesday on his execution in Huntsville, Texas.

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Thurmond case :

The former master mechanic was convicted of shooting and killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend in Magnolia in 2001. He lost his federal appeal when his attorney missed a deadlines, essentially waiving the last constitutionally required review before his death sentence could be carried out.

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The Wrongful Conviction of David Thorne

David Thorne is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for allegedly hiring an acquaintance to kill the mother of his son, however, he never hired anyone nor did the acquaintance do the crime.
Sometime between the evening hours on March 31, 1999 and 12:00 p.m. on April 1, 1999, Yvonne Layne, a mother of 5, was murdered in her home with one solid and steady slit to her throat. 
David Thorne was convicted of complicity to aggravated murder/murder for hire on January 25, 2000 by a 12 person jury.
The police investigating the crime had tunnel vision throughout their investigation, narrowing in on David from the beginning. The investigators were unable to get David to confess, so instead they went after his acquaintance, Joseph Wilkes, who was barely 18 years of age and a high school dropout.  After a lengthy interrogation, during which they told Joseph that David was “next door ratting him out”, he confessed, utilizing the story that the police had fed to him to what the police were telling him happened. Joe took a plea deal and David went to trial.  Despite the lack of physical evidence of either Joe or David being at the scene and a poor police investigation, with very weak circumstantial evidence, an innocent man was convicted. (Read on – click to jump to Case Summary)

MISSISSIPPI – Larry Matthew Puckett – execution scheduled march 20

We are asking everyone to email or call Governor Phil Bryant’s office today asking him to vacate Matt’s death sentence and commute it to life without parole. You can help by expressing your feelings about Matt as a person, your belief in his innocence, bring attention to questionable material in his court dockets / flaws in his case, or if you believe the death penalty is unjust. It doesn’t have to be anything formal, just enough to get your point across and get his attention. It is very important that we get the governors attention as he will be reviewing Matt’s clemency application next week and ultimately deciding Matt’s fate. Thank you in advance for all your help and support!

Below you will find contact info for Governor Phil Bryant……..
Contact « Mississippi’s 64th Governor, Phil Bryant