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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take up Richard Glossip’s case. Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond agrees with Richard’s legal team that a new trial is necessary. Now the Supreme Court will decide if the Oklahoma appeals court was wrong to deny that joint request. ...

Merry Christmas to all! ...

I’m suing the Louisiana Board of Pardons. The Board held a secret meeting on September 29th in an attempt to thwart clemency hearings for 56 Louisiana death row prisoners. The secret meeting occurred in violation of Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law. ...

Manuel Ortiz has been on death row at Angola for 30 years for a crime he did not commit. He turns 66 on October 13th. It would bring a little brightness into his world to receive birthday greetings from outside. Angola does not let you send cards or postcards, but a letter on plain paper is fine. Manuel asked us to tell everyone that he will write one big thank you note that we will post here. He received so many birthday letters last year that he wasn’t able to respond to each one individually!

If you’d like to wish Manuel a happy birthday, send your letter to:
Manuel Ortiz
Death Row, #349580
Louisiana State Penitentiary
ANGOLA, LA 70712
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We’re on the buses! Looking forward to the @metopera premiere of Dead Man Walking in just a couple weeks. ...

It was great to see former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn a few weeks ago in Chicago. Back in 2011, Gov. Quinn acted with moral courage when he signed a law abolishing the death penalty and commuted the death sentences of every person left on death row in Illinois. Photo by Pat Nabong | Chicago Sun-Times. ...

NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution to Richard Glossip. The stay was jointly requested by the defense team and Oklahoma AG Drummond. This was great news to learn this afternoon just minutes after I finished a visit with Rich on Oklahoma’s death row! ...

Please join us tomorrow at the Oklahoma State Capitol! ...

8 years ago, Richard Glossip asked me if I would be there to witness his impending execution. I said yes, but I wasn’t going to let this innocent man die without a fight. With a top-notch legal team and bipartisan group of advocates, we’re still fighting for Rich’s life today. Rich has his 9th execution date set on May 18th. Oklahoma Attorney General Drummond acknowledges serious legal errors in Rich’s case that, AG Drummond says, justify a new trial. Oklahoma County DA Behenna says that the death penalty wouldn’t even be pursued in Rich’s case today.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll need support from every person who believes it’s unconscionable to execute a man when there are such serious doubts about his guilt and the fairness of his trial. It’s not too late to right this miscarriage of justice.

The first thing you can do to help is contact @governorkevinstitt to ask for a 60-day reprieve of Rich’s execution date. This will allow more time for additional work to happen in the courts and for the Oklahoma Legislature to change the law, if necessary. Please call Gov. Stitt’s office at 405-521-2342 and ask, respectfully and in your words, the Governor to grant a 60-day reprieve for Richard Glossip.

I’ll be coming to you over the next few weeks with more action steps that you can take on behalf of Rich Glossip. We will fight to stop this execution until the very end. Glad to be in this struggle with all of you.
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