Glossip execution postponed for two weeks (OK)

Despite a focus on probate abuse, Estate of Denial® also follows other legal system corruption with great interest. The Oklahoma case involving Richard Glossip certainly appears to be just that and though the Death Row inmate was scheduled for execution this afternoon, a stay has now been issued.

One of the early reports:

Only three hours before the state of Oklahoma was set to execute Richard Glossip for the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a stay until September 30.

The reason for the last-minute postponement: Evidence keeps coming out — even as recently as Tuesday night — that suggests Glossip didn’t do what prosecutors said he did, or that prosecutors destroyed evidence that could have proved Glossip right and prosecutors wrong. The case has become so controversial that even former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a supporter of the death penalty, has signed onto an open letter asking Gov. Mary Fallin to stop Glossip’s execution from going forward. And now, the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals has given itself two more weeks for “full consideration” of all the new information.

Glossip was to be executed using an experimental drug regime that the Supreme Court just ruled (in a case filed by Glossip and other Oklahoma death row inmates) isn’t unconstitutional, even though there’s a risk of a very painful death.

But now Glossip’s lawyers have two weeks to argue that he shouldn’t be executed at all.

From Susan Sarandon and Sister Helen Prejean to the Innocence Project and Coburn, those questioning Glossip’s execution represent a wide range of views and ideology.

A review of Glossip’s case was recently featured on The Dr. Phil Show.

The experience several years ago as one of the first bloggers writing about Michael Morton, the central Texas man fraudulently convicted for his wife’s murder by a Williamson County court and wrongfully incarcerated for nearly 25 years, only intensified views of today’s “justice” system.

Click here for more information on the Glossip case.

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