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March 20, 2017

Urgent Action: Clemency Board To Hear What Jury Never Did (USA: UA 60/17)


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Marcel Williams, aged 46, is due to be executed in Arkansas on 24 April. The jury never heard any mitigating evidence about his childhood of severe abuse and trauma. That evidence is now before the clemency board which will consider his petition on 27 March. 

 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling for clemency for Marcel Williams and for his death sentence to be commuted;
  • Expressing concern that the jury heard no evidence about his background of poverty, deprivation and abuse and its effects, noting that the only judge to hear this evidence said that the death sentence should not stand;
  • Explaining that you are not seeking to condone violent crime or to downplay its consequences.
Contact these two officials by 24 April, 2017:
Arkansas Parole Board
Two Union National Plaza
105 W Capitol Avenue #500
Little Rock, AR 72201-5730, USA
Fax: +1 501 683-5381
Salutation: Dear Board Members
 
The Honorable Asa Hutchinson
Governor of the State of Arkansas
State Capitol, Suite 250
500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
Fax: +1 501 682 3597
Email: http://governor.arkansas.gov/contact-info/ (use US detail)
Salutation: Dear Governor
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here's why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets—on each case and use that information in our advocacy. 
 
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