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NO to the Death Penalty
International Campaign
       Comunità di Sant'Egidio

JAVIER SUAREZ MEDINA - (Texas)

32 years old

Executed on  august 14, 2002


His story

Javier Suarez Medina is detained in Polunski Unit death row. He was just 19 when he was charged of  murdering a police officer.

His death sentence was issued on the ground of one only doubtful eyewitness: actually it was publicly showed only two years after an alleged previous shooting which he was charged of, when the witness, watching him on TV, indicated him to the judiciary authorities as the murderer, even though at that very moment –it was night- he was far away enough from him, just perceiving him under a streetlight in a scarcely minute of time.

Javier had no previous criminal record at all at the time of his arrest. So this foggy witness constituted alone an aggravating circumstance to the charge on his behalf, determining the overturning of his sentence from life prison without parole to death penalty. 

 

The appeal

The Community of Sant’Egidio invites everybody to share its own appeal to save Javier’s life sending the following text to a:

 

1. Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

   Executive Clemency Section

   P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station

   Austin, Texas 78711

   USA

   Fax: (512) 467-0945 


2. Governor Rick Perry

    P.O. Box 12428

    Capital Station

    Austin, Texas 78711

    USA

    Fax: (512) 463-1849

    E-mail: www.governor.state.tx.us

 

URGENT APPEAL PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF JAVIER SUAREZ MEDINA, SENTENCED TO DEATH

 Your Excellencies

We are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling that sentenced to death Javier Suarez Medina, based on a weak eyewitness, whose execution is scheduled to next August 14th.

Looking forward a trial review, we urge you to intervene on his behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment to be meted out against him.

We implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.

Respectfully Yours

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