I recently wrote here before about the iniquity of the death penalty. It is immoral. No one has the right to deliberately take someone else’s life.
Now there’s a horrific story about one of my fellow countrywomen, a Brit, who is facing the death penalty in Texas, where Governor Rick Perry proudly holds the record for authorizing 234 executions, more than any other governor in modern U.S. history.
Linda Carty Faces The Death Penalty
Linda Carty, a mother who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Britain, is currently on death row in Texas. She has exhausted all her appeals, and the only way to save her from execution now is clemency.
Originally from St. Kitts, Carty holds British citizenship as the island was still a British colony at the time of her birth. She emigrated to the United States in 1982 and is a citizen of the United States. Ironically, if this were happening in the UK, the death penalty would not be an option, since it was abolished in Britain in 1969.
Carty was convicted and sentenced to death by lethal injection in February 2002 for the abduction and murder of 25-year-old Joana Rodriguez, allegedly in order to steal her four-day-old son.
Carty claims she is innocent and has appealed against her conviction. Her appeals have been unsuccessful and the appeal procedure has been exhausted. Barring the granting of clemency, she stands to become the first black British woman to be executed in more than a century.
Carty Alleges She Was Framed
From Fair Trials International:
Linda Carty, a British national and dedicated teacher and community leader, is facing death by lethal injection after being convicted by a court in Texas on charges of ordering a murder. Fair Trials International is highly concerned about the circumstances surrounding Linda’s trial in the US. In particular, Linda was denied the opportunity to choose her own representation at the trial and received ineffectual representation from her court appointed lawyer.
Linda reports having previously worked for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a confidential informant to catch drug traffickers. It is her belief that she was framed for the murder as the result of local drug dealers uncovering her true identity. The three co-defendants, found guilty of murder, were career criminals who did not receive capital punishment on the agreement that they would testify against Linda. Linda has now had her final appeal to the federal New Orleans court denied.
However, no forensic evidence exists that places her at the scene of the crime, and the other three co-defendants in the case were given prison terms, but none received a death sentence. During her trial, her attorney failed to call any witnesses to persuade the jury that Carty did not deserve execution. Indeed, her trial attorney only bothered to meet with Carty for one fifteen-minute interview.
Inadequate Legal Representation
Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether a defendant will receive the death penalty is the quality of the legal representation she is provided. Carty’s attorney failed to call any witnesses to persuade the jury that Carty did not deserve execution, and her trial attorney only bothered to meet with Carty for one fifteen-minute interview. Clearly, she did not receive adequate legal representation.
The race of the defendant in capital cases is also a major factor in determining who is sentenced to die in this country.
This is outrageous.
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