Thursday, October 25, 2007

HOUSTON: Need Your Support for Petition Against Judge Keller / Help Stop Executions

This Saturday in Houston, Oct 27, is the 8th Annual March to Stop Executions. If you only make it out to one or two anti-death penalty events a year, you should put this march on your calendar every year. This is the first time we are holding it in Houston, after 7 years in Austin. We hope to reach a big new audience in the number one execution city in the U.S.

One of the people who will speak at the march is Patricia Miller, the sister of Michael Richard, who was executed in Texas on Sept 25 after Judge Sharon Keller said "We close at 5" and refused to accept an appeal from his lawyers. He was the last person executed in the U.S. before the current de facto moratorium, but he would not have died that night if Keller had not unethically closed the doors of justice for him.

If you are as shocked as we were by Judge Sharon Keller saying "We close at 5" and refusing to accept an appeal 20 minutes after 5 PM by lawyers representing a man about to be executed, then sign on to this judicial complaint against Keller. Send your friends to the website to sign the complaint.

Almost 900 people have signed the complaint so far. We will have sign on sheets at the march, so we expect to get more signers this weekend. If you have not yet signed, do so now.

We are planning a big protest against Keller next Tuesday, Oct 30, in Austin. The meeting place for the protest is the LBJ library parking lot on the UT campus right next to I-35. at 5pm. We will meet there and drive to the site of the protest. If you would like to just meet us at the protest site, email us your phone number and we will tell you where it will be.

We will wait one week after the protest to gather more signatures and then submit the complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on November 6, 2007.

Anyone can sign on to the complaint. It is intended as a means for regular members of the public to express their outrage at Keller's action. Kenneth Foster's death sentence was commuted to life because thousands of people contacted the governor and the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Now, we need you again. Help us bring integrity back to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals by signing on to the complaint.

Lots of lawyers have filed a complaint against Keller. Now, it is time for regular people to have their say about Keller, which is why we are asking members of the general public to sign on to this complaint.

Click here to sign on to the complaint against an unethical judge.

Thanks to everyone who has donated recently. Because of your generosity, we sent $250 to the organizing team in Houston for the 8th Annual March to Stop Executions.

We also need donations to pay for such things as our Democracy in Action online action tools, which is how we can do things such as put up a complaint against Keller and facilitate people writing the governor and legislators. Help us with a donation, if you can.

If you would like to make a donation of general support to our efforts against the death penalty, you can donate to us by Paypal with a credit card or send a check to us at

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