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Doing Some Heavy Lifting: Commuting Julius Jones — and Ending Executions in Oklahoma

Patrick B. McGuigan Published July 19, 2020. Updated: July 26, 2020   OKLAHOMA CITY – Just 13 months ago, the two attorneys leading efforts to save the life of Julius Jones – who I do not believe committed an act of murder in 1999 – unveiled their drive to encourage the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole […]

Congressional Black Caucus asks Gov. Fallin to correct ‘wrongful conviction’ of Julius Jones

by Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Wed., August 22, 2018)– Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have written a letter to Governor Mary Fallin expressing “deep concerns about the application of the death penalty in Oklahoma, specifically with respect to racial bias and the risk of executing an innocent person.” The […]

A request for reader input: Why, or why not, the death penalty?

By Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Early in his tenure as interim director at Oklahoma’s troubled Department of Corrections, Joe Allbaugh told The Tulsa World he believed in the death penalty and that it would one day resume in Oklahoma. Concerning the controversies that for a time made Oklahoma the center of national […]

More than the Richard Glossip case: For the Constitution, for social justice, for reasons pragmatic and humane, put the death penalty into mothballs

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahoma City – The execution of Richard Glossip, a resident of death row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for 18 years, has been delayed four times. He ordered three “final meals,” and ate two of them, each time awaiting his date with lethal injection. After nearly two decades […]

Fallin receives letter on behalf of Pope Francis ‘to commute’ Glossip execution

Staff Report Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin on behalf of Pope Francis,  in regard to the scheduled execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip. Despite the request, Fallin does not have the legal authority to move the execution, said Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin. Gov. Fallin does, […]

Alternate narrative: Glossip brief before Oklahoma appeals court focuses on Constitution, inconsistencies in testimony, behavior of original investigators

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Don Knight and his team of attorneys argue, in a lengthy brief filed with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday, that a wide range of deficiencies exist in the case against Richard Glossip. In 2007, the state appeals court, in a close 3-2 vote, turned […]

Commentary: Let’s believe it, and live it: Thou Shalt Not Kill

To the Editor: Richard Glossip is on Oklahoma Death Row for murder.  He is facing an execution date that is quickly approaching.  There are too many inconsistencies to move on, unimpeded toward the taking of his life.  I have had an opportunity to hear much of the detail of this case and personally experienced the […]

Foes of death penalty continue to advocate for Glossip’s life

Staff Report August 15, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY – This week, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said the execution of Richard Glossip, convicted in the ‘murder-for-hire’ killing of Barry Van Treese in 1997, should go forward. Responding to the governor’s statement, leaders of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) have renewed their pleas for […]

Letter to the Editor: Saving Glossip, Supporting Justice

To The Editor: On September 16th, Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip. He did not commit the murder, and is very likely innocent of any involvement. The murderer was Justin Sneed, who killed Barry Van Treese with a baseball bat in 1997. Glossip, Sneed and Van Treese all worked at the motel where Van […]

Letter to the Editor: Reprieve for Richard Glossip

To the Editor: I will begin by declaring that I am not a native but am in fact from the United Kingdom. I will also declare up front that it is my natural inclination to oppose the Death Penalty at all times and in all circumstances, but surely whatever our individual take on capital punishment […]

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