BREAKING NEWS: We just heard from Gloria Rubac of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement that Texas death row inmate Anthony Pierce will not return to death row. Anthony arrived on death row in 1978. Only two other people still on death row in Texas arrived earlier than Anthony. From Gloria:
"Just got off the telephone with Anthony Pierce's mother. His attorney called her and told her to sit down that he had some news for her. After 35 years on death row, after two years awaiting a new sentencing trial at the Harris County Jail, after turning down two requests to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence and life without parole, the D.A. has decided not to retry Anthony so he will automatically receive a life sentence and will not go back to death row, ever!!! This is a partial victory but it a victory indeed! His mother said she would not live through another trial. She is 83 or 84 years old and not in the best of health, so probably she is right. A real victory would be for this innocent man to be immediately released, be exonerated, and be given the millions that he is due for being wrongfully locked up since he was 18 years old. Anthony turned 53 years old on July 20. Anthony, or maybe just his attorney, will be in court Thursday morning to receive this news. Judge Denise Collins, 208th District Court, 17th Floor, Harris County Criminal Justice Center, 1201 Franklin. BE THERE IF YOU CAN TO SUPPORT HIS MOTHER AS SHE RECEIVES THIS GREAT NEWS! Docket call begins at 9am." If you want to send Anthony a quick note congratulating him, mail to: Anthony Pierce, SPN # 00189793 Harris County Jail, 6N1 04A 701 N. San Jacinto Houston, TX 77002
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