Thursday, June 22, 2000

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  • Gary Graham Execution Set for Tonight

    Today we’re going to continue our watch of the Gary Graham Shaka Sankofa case. Perhaps no other case has focused attention on the death penalty more than this. He is just hours away from execution in Huntsville, Texas. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 fatal shooting of 53 year old Bobby Lambert during an attempted nighttime robbery in the parking lot of a Safeway supermarket. Graham’s conviction turned on a single eyewitness with no supporting evidence. Two other eyewitnesses who say Graham was not the killer were never called to testify. For 19 years, Graham has maintained his innocence. There have been widespread protests across the country demanding that Governor George Bush stop the execution. Activists have also been following Bush around on the campaign trail, in some cases disrupting his speeches.

  • Board of Pardon and Parole

    In just a short time, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will give their recommendation on whether or not to go ahead with Gary Graham/Shaka Sankofa’s execution. The Board can recommend the governor commute the sentence, recommend a reprieve, a delay or a hearing or not recommend commutation. Today we are going to look at the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and whether or not it actually is an independent body.

  • Death Penalty, and Issues of Evidence and Innocence

    Yesterday, Texas Governor and presidential contender George W. Bush was campaigning in California. Throughout his visit of the state, from Palo Alto to Los Angeles, death penalty opponents have confronted Bush on the case of Gary Graham, scheduled to die by lethal injection in Texas today at 6 p.m.

  • US/UN Funds Terror Squad in Kosovo

    This week in Kosovo, British-led peacekeepers announced they had uncovered the largest cache of illegal weapons in the year since NATO forces entered Kosovo. A KFOR statement said the weapons were almost certainly entirely Albanian. KFOR forces found four massive underground bunkers in the village of Klecka, which is a former KLA stronghold west of the provincial capital Pristina.