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Update: STAY for Execution


GOOD NEWS:  the Florida Supreme Court has indefinitely put on hold Tuesday’s schedule execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez for the killing of Phyllis Minas.

The conditions surrounding this case are remarkably similar to the case of Derrick Jamison, who will be at the death penalty protest this Tuesday.

The unanimous order by the court, issued Friday evening, did not give a reason for the stay.  However, Jimenez’s lawyer Marty McClain discovered 80 pages of records related to the investigation of Minas’ 1992 death that had not been previously provided to Jimenez’s lawyers.  According to McClain, handwritten notes in the records made by lead investigator Detective Ojeda and Detective Decidue “show that Ojeda and Diecidue were willing (to) give false and/or misleading deposition testimony in order to facilitate Mr. Jimenez’s conviction.”

Derrick Jamison spent 20 years of his life in prison—17 on death row—for a murder he did not commit.  The murder charges were finally dismissed after two federal courts found prosecutors had withheld key evidence.

Please support Derrick and the struggle to end the death penalty at a demonstration from 5:00-6:00 PM next Tuesday, August 14.  The demonstration will be held at the intersection of 49th Street and Ulmerton Road in mid-Pinellas County (map).  This location is near the Pinellas County courts and jail complex.

If you have not already done so, please contact Gov. Rick Scott now with the direct action tool developed in partnership with Equal Justice USA; or at (850) 488-7146; or Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com.  Ask him to end executions.

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty have a new campaign to contact local state attorneys to urge life in prison instead of execution.  Information is here

A fact sheet about executions in Florida is here

Here is information on Derrick, including an article and interview on WMNF radio:

WMNF radio story: https://www.wmnf.org/man-released-death-row-lead-pinellas-execution-vigil/

Channel 13 story about Derrick and the Tampa program that is helping him (five minutes)

Death row survivor: “A miracle happened to me”

Vox article: “I’ll Fight ’til My Knuckles Bleed for Others on Death Row”: The Remarkable Story of a Man Once Sentenced to Die

Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own.  FMI: sjstew@gte.net   or (727) 492-1590.

 

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