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Friday, 20 November 2009



Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of Max Soffar's conviction. So much for "obvious innocence". How about actual justice!

Renate Mari

It is really unbelievable how hard Texas is trying to overlook the obvious innocense of Max Soffar. It was not really expected that the Appeals Court would rule in his favour, so no real surprise. But it would have been a good thing if they would have acknowledged some serious points off that list of over 30 points as being absolutely wrong. Max was prevented to be heard in the matter about the witness who could have testified about another man who has confessed to have committed that crime. It remains to be hoped that other courts will see things in the light of the truth. How many more years do they want to let an innocent man still remain on one of the worst death rows in the country? Nobdoy cares about the devastating conditions in that place and nobody cares about an innocent man who has to endure all of that. It is a disgrace. This is a case where the press is called to shout out. Just as with another innocent man who was executed before and where this cannot be reversed. When is this ever going to stop. But there is still hope for Max, no matter if the press will cover it or not. Maybe one day they will all want to cover it when it becomes more and more certain how long they kept an innocent man imprisoned. I am confident that the truth will come out and hopefully it won't take too long any more.

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  • The StandDown Texas Project was organized in 2000 to advocate a moratorium on executions and a state-sponsored review of Texas' application of the death penalty. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures.

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  • Project Director Steve Hall was chief of staff to the Attorney General of Texas from 1983-1991; he was an administrator of the Texas Resource Center from 1993-1995. He has worked for the U.S. Congress and several Texas legislators. Hall is a former journalist.
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