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As Death-Row Prisoner, Thomas Miller-El, Faces Execution Next Week, a Short Documentary Makes a Strong Case for a New Trial

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We now turn to the case of death-row prisoner, Thomas Miller-El, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas on February21. His case has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which is expected to make its decision on Friday on whether ornot to hear his case. If the Supreme Court decides to hear his case, he will be granted an automatic temporary stayof his execution.

Miller-El was convicted of the 1985 murder of a white man, Douglas Walker, during a robbery of a Holiday Inn nearDallas. But many believe that Miller-El, who is African American, never received a fair hearing of his case. Thereis overwhelming evidence that at the time of his trial, Dallas county prosecutors were engaged in racist juryselection tactics in an effort to exclude African American jurors.

We now turn to a documentary on the case of Thomas Miller-El. It’s called "A Pattern of Exclusion: The Trial ofThomas Miller El." It was produced and directed by Emily and Sarah Kunstler.

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  • A Pattern of Exclusion: The Trial of Thomas Miller El.

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