Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man

Having had the incredible privilege of playing Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking," I have watched Sister Helen fight for 20 years to stop innocent people from being executed. Now, Sister Helen and I urgently need your help, as you can see from her note to you below. Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man, and the only thing now that is going to give him a chance to live is public outrage. Sign Sister Helen's petition now asking Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to give Richard Glossip a reprieve. —Susan Sarandon

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Sister Helen Prejean, and I really need your help. Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. That's why I started a petition to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, which says:

Stop the planned execution of Richard Glossip on September 16. Richard was convicted of murder after Justin Sneed, the man who confessed to the killing, claimed Richard had hired him to do it, despite a breathtaking lack of evidence. Sneed got a life sentence in a medium-security prison, while the self-serving testimony that saved Sneed's life sent Richard to death row. Please grant Richard a reprieve to allow his attorneys time to gather and present evidence of his innocence.

Ten men on death row have been exonerated in Oklahoma in the past 35 years, four of them due to falsified testimony by criminals who had their sentences reduced in exchange for their testimony.1

Richard Glossip, who is scheduled for execution on September 16, was convicted solely on the testimony of his co-worker, Justin Sneed. Sneed confessed to the murder and avoided the death penalty himself by implicating Richard.2

A reprieve will give Richard's pro bono lawyers time to prove his innocence.

Click here to add your name to the petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thank you.

–Sister Helen Prejean


1. "The Innocence List," Death Penalty Information Center, accessed August 7, 2015

2. "Save Richard Glossip!" Ministry Against the Death Penalty, accessed August 7, 2015

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