Witness to Innocence: The Appeals Process

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    • 00:09

      SPEAKER 1: I was on Alabama's death row.I had a little better education than a lot of people did.And I helped them work on their own appealsbecause after a certain point they don'thave attorneys for appeals.

    • 00:19

      SPEAKER 2: That's right.

    • 00:20

      SPEAKER 1: And I would say, at least 10% on the Alabamawere innocent.While dealing with Texas, I say, 20% of the guys on Texas' deathare innocent.I'm serious.I am honestly serious.You go down there and review some of the cases,and you'd be shocked.You would honestly be shocked.Just recently, we went to Texas for Rodney Reed.

    • 00:42

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Innocent man on death row.I mean, they have scientific proof that the man is innocent.He spent 18 years on death row so far.By the grace of God, the Criminal Court of Appealsgave him a stay.He was supposed to be executed March 5.They gave him a stay.And we still have some of our members

    • 01:02

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: down there now trying to talk to the governorand trying to get him to see that the guy is innocent.Now Texas' Supreme Court ruled that innocencedoesn't bar execution.And they went ahead and killed that man.I mean, they proved he was innocent,but they went ahead and killed himbecause they didn't bring the evidence to them.Newly discovery evidence within a certain time--

    • 01:24

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: and they killed him.But now hopefully, this governor is going to listen and dosomething for Rodney Reed.[How much time do you think is reasonable between a sentenceof death and the execution date?Explain.]

Witness to Innocence: The Appeals Process

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Gary Drinkard was on death row for six years before he was exonerated. He explains that a significant number of death row inmates are innocent, but the legal system is not set up in a way to help inmates fight their convictions. The Texas Supreme Court actually ruled that innocence is not a bar to execution.

Witness to Innocence: The Appeals Process

Gary Drinkard was on death row for six years before he was exonerated. He explains that a significant number of death row inmates are innocent, but the legal system is not set up in a way to help inmates fight their convictions. The Texas Supreme Court actually ruled that innocence is not a bar to execution.

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