URGENT ACTION APPEAL Urgent Actions (as of 7/06//00)

Urgent Actions Against the Death Penalty

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MISSOURI----impending execution

Urgent Action

MULTIPLE CONCERNS AS MISSOURI EXECUTION SET

Marcellus Williams, aged 48, is due to be executed in Missouri on 22 August for a 1998 murder. He maintains his innocence of the crime. An African American, he was tried before an almost all-white jury. Two of the four federal judges to review his case have concluded that he received constitutionally inadequate representation at his sentencing.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

* Calling on the governor to stop the execution of Marcellus Williams and to commute his death sentence;

* Noting the circumstantial nature of the case, the lack of forensic or eyewitness evidence against the defendant, and the reliance on the notoriously unreliable form of evidence, jailhouse informant testimony;

* Expressing concern at the prosecutor's dismissal of African Americans during jury selection, and that the jury never heard mitigating evidence of the defendant's background of severe abuse, poverty and mental disability

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Contact below official by 22 August, 2017:

Office of Governor Eric Greitens

PO Box 720

Jefferson City, MO 65102

USA

Fax: +1 573 751 1495

Email (via website): https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office (Note: if you do not have an address in the US, select "outside the US" where it asks for your state, and write in "00000" where it asks for your zip code)

Twitter: @EricGreitens

Salutation: Dear Governor

(source: Amnesty International USA)

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