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TX: Death Row Briton Linda Carty faces execution in US
Fri Sep 18, 2009 15:33

Death Row Briton Linda Carty faces execution in US after losing appeal
Linda Carty, a British citizen on Death Row in Texas, could be
executed within months after having her latest appeal rejected.

By Tom Leonard in New York
18 Sep 2009

All that now stands between Carty, 50, and death by lethal injection
is an appeal to the Supreme Court, a highly uncertain recourse as it
only considers a handful of cases each year.

The Fifth Circuit court in New Orleans conceded that Carty received
an inadequate defence at her murder trial in 2002 but refused to
reverse the jury's decision to impose the death penalty.

Carty's lawyers said the court also refused to hear new evidence
which they say casts serious doubt on her conviction.
"I'm afraid our worst fears have now been realised for Linda," said
Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, a British charity which
has provided her with legal representation.

"Although she has recourse to the Supreme Court, experience suggests
that she will soon be in the Texas execution chamber.
"Linda Carty has been tragically and disastrously failed by her
defence lawyer at trial, and by the US legal system."
Carty, now a grandmother, was born on the Caribbean island of St
Kitts and has British citizenship by virtue of her Anguillan parents.

She was convicted for her part in the abduction and murder of a 25-
year-old woman whose new-born baby she was allegedly trying to steal.

Carty says she was framed after a trial campaigners say was
"catastrophically flawed".

She has always claimed she was framed for the crime due to her prior
work helping put drug dealers behind bars.
Her appeals have centred on the failings of her trial lawyer, Jerry

Reprieve said the New Orleans court acknowledged that Mr Guerinot
failed to interview a crucial witness, Carty's common law husband,
and consequently "performed objectively unreasonably" in his duty to
defend her.

Last week, Carty made a plea to Gordon Brown and the British public
to intervene and help save her life.

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