Former FBI Chief Calls for the Supreme Court to Halt the Execution of Delma Banks in Texas: We Talk to Banks' Mother & Legal Team

March 11, 2003

Yesterday New York Times columnist Bob Hebert wrote a column titled "Countdown to Execution No. 300." It chronicled the case of Delma Banks, a Texan man who is expected to be executed tomorrow night.

The article begins:

“The war trumps all other issues, so insufficient attention will be paid to the planned demise of Delma Banks Jr., a 43-year-old man who is scheduled in about 48 hours to become the 300th person executed in Texas since the resumption of capital punishment in 1982.

“Mr. Banks, a man with no prior criminal record, is most likely innocent of the charge that put him on death row. Fearing a tragic miscarriage of justice, three former federal judges (including William Sessions, a former director of the F.B.I.) have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block Wednesday’s execution.

So far, no one seems to be listening . . . .

  • Delma Banks, Texas man to be executed tomorrow, recorded last week.
  • Ellean Banks, mother of Delma Banks.
  • Miriam Gohara, NAACP Legal Defense Fund.