Wednesday, March 12, 2003

I've been scouring the web trying to see if there's news on a reprieve for Texas death row inmate Delma Banks, who is set to be executed tonight in Huntsville, and may well be innocent of the 1980 murder of which he's been convicted. So far, nothing. Jeralyn Merritt's Talk Left has some additional info on Banks's case, including this

"Prosecutors did not tell the jury -- or Banks' defense lawyer -- that one of the two key witnesses was a paid police informant, Kendall said.
Before dying of cancer, the witness, Robert Farr, told defense investigators who tracked him down in California that he was paid by police to help incriminate Banks and had lied during the trial. Farr signed a sworn affidavit to that effect.
Farr's recantation was enough to persuade a U.S. district judge in 2000 to order Banks' death sentence overturned. Three judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, overruled that decision.