Since 5 January 1996, Anthony (Tony) Medina (pictured with his grandparents) has been kept imprisoned in Texas on account of an alleged double murder. He’s been on Death Row since 13 September 1996, expecting his execution.
Anthony Medina’s innocence has been proven by testimonies and evidence in cold print. He’s guilty indeed – guilty of not being able to pay a lawyer who would really try to defend him in court.
Doubtless, Anthony Medina is neither a saint nor a dark horse. However, he’s also a human being like anybody else, endowed with the right to be treated fairly and according to the law. ”In dubio pro reo” – this principle does not seem to count for US courts and solicitors, especially when the defendant is poor.
But you can help to do Tony justice. You can raise your voice in order to force courts to re-examine his case. The first step into this direction was taken on 21 November 2001. Due to the support of his appeal lawyer Morris Moon, who defends him without pay, the 238-page Habeas Corpus appeal could be submitted to the State Court, which has not decided neither to reopen the hearings nor to decline the appeal yet. Should the appeal be allowed, a trial would be called in on short notice. In this case, more expertises and research would become necessary. Such legal opinion, however, is excessively expensive in the US. – but expertises from abroad, as another possibility, are not accepted by US courts of justice.
In January 2008, Ilona Leverenz, organizing support for Tony Medina in Germany, achieved another success: a group of criminality students at the University of Ontario, Canada, agreed to go into the details of the case again. By now, the results obtained so far prove grave procedural errors in connection with Tony’s conviction. That is why his case has found even more supporters, e.g. the Houston, Texas-based organization TCADP, as well as ALIVE, the “Coalition against Death Penalty”, which has opened a donations account for Tony Medina.
There are fingerprints on the murder weapon and these can be presumed to be those of the murder. But these prints are not Tony Medina’s. In fact, another person was initially arrested by the police for the murders.
Only after the person agreed to testify against Tony, were the charges dropped and Tony was charged instead. This witness and both of the other state witnesses, Valdez and Moore, contradicted themselves and each other continually in all of their 11 statements. The only common point was that Tony was the murderer.
Crown witnesses, who were present at the crime scene, can testify that two black people carried out the shooting. Tony Medina is white. These witnesses were never heard during the trial.
Tony Medina was not at the scene during the crime. Rather, he was miles away at a party. Many witnesses can testify to this, but they have not been called to testify. Other important witnesses were not called before the court as the district attorney held back crucial evidence. As a result, Tony’s defense attorney was not in a position of being able to subpoena these witnesses. Finally, the judge who presided over the proceedings was, at this time, not yet sworn in.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. If you are interested?
Thank you in advance.
Ilona Leverenz – Germany
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