July 26, 2017

Urgent Action: Multiple Concerns As Missouri Execution Set (USA: UA 183.17)


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Marcellus Williams, aged 48, is due to be executed in Missouri on 22 August for a 1998 murder. He maintains his innocence of the crime. An African American, he was tried before an almost all-white jury. Two of the four federal judges to review his case have concluded that he received constitutionally inadequate representation at his sentencing.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the governor to stop the execution of Marcellus Williams and to commute his death sentence;
  • Noting the circumstantial nature of the case, the lack of forensic or eyewitness evidence against the defendant, and the reliance on the notoriously unreliable form of evidence, jailhouse informant testimony;
  • Expressing concern at the prosecutor’s dismissal of African Americans during jury selection, and that the jury never heard mitigating evidence of the defendant’s background of severe abuse, poverty and mental disability.

Contact below official by 22 August, 2017:

Office of Governor Eric Greitens
PO Box 720, Jefferson City, MO 65102, USA
Fax: +1 573 751 1495
Email (via website): https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office (Note: if you do not have an address in the US, select “outside the US” where it asks for your state, and write in “00000” where it asks for your zip code)
Twitter: @EricGreitens
Salutation: Dear Governor

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 183.17
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