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Mark Christeson, Stay denied for Missouri inmate facing ...
Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:21

Stay denied for Missouri inmate facing Jan. 31 execution

Appeals court grants hearing for Missouri inmate facing execution
A look at the status of the death penalty in several states


— Inmates on death row: 25.

— Scheduled executions: Jan. 31, Mark Christeson, sentenced to die for killing a woman and her two children in 1998.

— Execution method: Single dose of pentobarbital.

— Supply and source: Believed to be manufactured by a compounding pharmacy. The Associated Press and other news organizations are involved in a lawsuit over the secrecy of Missouri's process, including how it obtains the execution drug.

— Last execution: May 11, Earl Forrest, for killing two people in a drug dispute and a sheriff's deputy in a subsequent shootout in 2002….

Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty: Mark Christeson
Fyi letter to Gov. Eric Greitens via contact form - - similar letter to the advisory Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole -
Vienna, January 15th, 2017

Dear Governor,

As an Austrian citizen, a retired official of the Federal Ministry of Labour in Austria, as well as a former representative of this organization in the Austrian Board of Paroles I am writing to you to express my concern over the execution of severely mentally impaired Mark Anthony Christeson in Missouri on January 31st, 2017.

Mr. Christeson was sentenced to death for the 1998 murders of Susan Brouk, 36, her 12-year-old daughter, Adrian, and her 9-year-old son, Kyle.

The scheduled execution of Mr. Christeson draws national and international interest.

He was nearly executed because his lawyers missed a filing deadline. A group of 15 former federal and state judges called for intervention in execution of Mark Christeson. The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution because Christeson's original trial attorneys missed the federal appeal deadline.

New lawyers were appointed, but a district court provided only $10,000 of the $161,000 sought. The new attorneys cannot afford to bring in experts to testify that Christeson's mental impairment left him unable to assert his own rights when his trial lawyers failed to adequately do their job.

Five legal groups are supporting Mr. Christeson. Three national criminal defence associations, a civil rights law firm and the American Bar Association made court filings on behalf of Mark Christeson.

In accordance with the European Union I strongly believe that the execution of persons suffering from a mental disorder is contrary to widely accepted human rights norms and is in contradiction to the minimum standards of human rights set forth in several international human rights instruments, as well as being prohibited by the US Constitution.

Remembering the murder of the disabled in Austria in the times of Nazi-fascism I am asking you on my own behalf and on behalf of Austrian disabled and non-disabled friends to commute the death sentence of mentally disabled Mark Anthony Christeson to life.


Heinz Leitner

Vienna, Austria

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