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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 07:38 PM
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20. Death-row inmate Linda Carty launches last-chance appeal to US Supreme Court
February 27, 2010
Death-row inmate Linda Carty launches last-chance appeal to US Supreme Court

A British grandmother who once sang for the Prince of Wales faces death by lethal injection within months unless a final appeal launched yesterday can persuade the US Supreme Court that she deserves a second trial. Linda Carty, a rape victim who says she was framed for murder by career criminals, has been on death row in central Texas since 2002. Her hopes of clemency depend on the Supreme Court accepting her case, and with it 80 bound briefing documents submitted by British campaigners and government lawyers. If it does not, she will almost certainly become the first black British woman to be executed in more than a century.

Carty was born in St Kitts, whose Prime Minister has described her as a star who could have entered politics. She now spends 23 hours a day in a cell in Gatesville, Texas, condemned to death after a trial described yesterday as catastrophically flawed, for a murder of which she has always proclaimed her innocence.

A friend of the court briefing by the British Government and delivered to the Supreme Court on Thursday, contends that Carty deserves a retrial because Texan authorities and her court-appointed lawyer failed to inform British officials of her arrest, as they were required to do by consular treaty. In another briefing submitted yesterday by a British documentary film-maker, Cartys new lawyer from a firm with close ties to both the former presidents Bush is quoted as saying he will not be able to sleep at night knowing that she could be killed without having had the chance of a fair trial.

Appeals on her behalf to the Texas Supreme Court and a federal appeals court have already been turned down, even though both were supported by British claims similar to those submitted in Washington this week. The Supreme Court agrees to consider just one in 30 death penalty cases brought before it, campaigners say.

Carty was born on the eastern Caribbean island in 1959, and lived there as a British Overseas Territories Citizen until she was 23, teaching children with special needs and on one occasion singing a solo for the Prince of Wales.

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  -Actors support death row Briton Judi Lynn  Feb-28-10 03:03 PM   #0 
  - A society does not become better by doing what it purports to hold in contempt.....  marmar   Feb-28-10 03:08 PM   #1 
  - Well if Colin Firth says so....  AngryAmish   Feb-28-10 03:09 PM   #2 
  - Colin Firth is able to read a headline  Bluenorthwest   Feb-28-10 04:21 PM   #6 
  - Mocking the fact that Firth is a C-list actor in the US, I presume  AzNick   Feb-28-10 05:35 PM   #11 
  - Colin Firth has been nominated for an Academy Award.  Hissyspit   Mar-01-10 12:54 AM   #39 
     - He's had a substantial career in his own country, and has done well here, too.  Judi Lynn   Mar-01-10 01:33 AM   #43 
     - "I know his face, not his name" = C-List  AzNick   Mar-01-10 12:53 PM   #56 
  - Well, they don't call sarcasm the lowest form of wit for nothing...  liberation   Mar-01-10 12:45 AM   #37 
  - Any human being can call attention to the plight of another human being.  Hissyspit   Mar-01-10 01:05 AM   #41 
  - Well, he wasn't in any movies with big booms or car crashes  Coventina   Mar-01-10 08:06 AM   #46 
  - This is not a matter of state - it is a matter of justice.  RaleighNCDUer   Mar-01-10 09:36 AM   #47 
  - All things being equal...  LanternWaste   Mar-01-10 10:51 AM   #54 
  - I am against the death penalty because it costs too much and takes too long ..  Botany   Feb-28-10 03:24 PM   #3 
  - Wiki entry apparently incorrect: the men invaded the home, Carty was not present.  Garbo 2004   Feb-28-10 04:48 PM   #8 
     - Actually, after reading the articles you gave, I'm more convinced of her guilt, and  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 06:45 PM   #12 
        - 5th Circuit appeals court didn't agree that she had a great or good defense.  Garbo 2004   Feb-28-10 10:40 PM   #28 
           - You are incorrect in your assessment, IMHO.  msanthrope   Mar-01-10 10:33 AM   #53 
  - can't trust US courts to deliver justice.....  Proletariatprincess   Feb-28-10 03:38 PM   #4 
  - I'm afriad but I have to agree  skyounkin   Feb-28-10 05:00 PM   #9 
  - I wonder how many actors support the victim.  proteus_lives   Feb-28-10 03:56 PM   #5 
  - She did it.  frogmarch   Feb-28-10 04:27 PM   #7 
  - looks like it---the forensic evidence from the cars, the faked pregnancies  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 05:28 PM   #10 
     - dna  scottsoperson   Feb-28-10 06:47 PM   #13 
        - And? If she's got DNA that overrides finding her fingerprints in the car  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 06:55 PM   #14 
        - racial profiling does happen in missouri  scottsoperson   Feb-28-10 06:57 PM   #15 
           - Yeah? This is Texas. And what does racial profiling have to do with  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 07:07 PM   #16 
              - freedom and democracy  scottsoperson   Feb-28-10 07:10 PM   #17 
                 - I'd try arguing facts, myself. n/t  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 07:23 PM   #18 
                 - what did i say  scottsoperson   Feb-28-10 07:29 PM   #19 
                    - Ever heard of "thread hijacking"?  Quantess   Mar-01-10 12:22 AM   #35 
                 - What is the precise and relevant correlation? nt  LanternWaste   Mar-01-10 10:52 AM   #55 
        - Know of any DNA evidence  frogmarch   Feb-28-10 08:16 PM   #21 
           - More testimony---  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 08:31 PM   #24 
           - Thanks for your post and the link.  frogmarch   Feb-28-10 08:45 PM   #25 
           - Defense didn't talk to Mathis at all & Mathis gave affadavit supporting appeal.  Garbo 2004   Feb-28-10 10:30 PM   #27 
              - Um, Mathis testified against her in court--he was a pros, witness who testified about her lying  msanthrope   Mar-01-10 10:02 AM   #49 
           - Court doesn't note any forensics supporting state's assertion that she murdered victim.  Garbo 2004   Feb-28-10 10:04 PM   #26 
              - Um, fingerprints and phone logs ARE "forensic evidence"...  Romulox   Mar-01-10 09:49 AM   #48 
                 - And baby items from her storage unit, presented through a non-accomplice witness.  msanthrope   Mar-01-10 10:14 AM   #50 
                    - I can't say whether she's guilty or innocent. But when her supporters bend the truth,  Romulox   Mar-01-10 10:18 AM   #51 
                       - You bring up an interesting point--is it her supoorters deliberately  msanthrope   Mar-01-10 10:24 AM   #52 
  - Death-row inmate Linda Carty launches last-chance appeal to US Supreme Court  Judi Lynn   Feb-28-10 07:38 PM   #20 
  - I don't see her winning, even if SCOTUS takes it.  msanthrope   Feb-28-10 08:23 PM   #22 
  - K&R for a second chance...  midnight   Feb-28-10 08:31 PM   #23 
  - Second chance for who?  proteus_lives   Feb-28-10 11:54 PM   #30 
  - K&R  EFerrari   Feb-28-10 11:09 PM   #29 
  - I'm against the death penalty, but  Ex Lurker   Mar-01-10 12:08 AM   #31 
     - prolifers killed  scottsoperson   Mar-01-10 12:11 AM   #32 
     - que? n/t  Ex Lurker   Mar-01-10 12:13 AM   #33 
     - freedom and democracy.  scottsoperson   Mar-01-10 12:14 AM   #34 
        - Does your parrot know how to type any other words?  Confusious   Mar-01-10 12:45 AM   #36 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-01-10 12:49 AM   #38 
           - click here  scottsoperson   Mar-01-10 01:05 AM   #40 
     - Huh?  chrisa   Mar-01-10 01:31 PM   #57 
     - Did you know about this case before they (and thus this thread) brought your attention to  Hissyspit   Mar-01-10 01:16 AM   #42 
     - you make a point  Ex Lurker   Mar-01-10 01:43 AM   #44 
     - who cares what you think?  CBGLuthier   Mar-01-10 06:56 AM   #45 
        - the difference being  Ex Lurker   Mar-01-10 02:50 PM   #58 
 

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