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EXTRA 19/92 - USA (Texas): death penalty: David M Clark

, Index number: AMR 51/024/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/24/92
Distr: UA/SC
EXTRA 19/92 Death Penalty 20 February 1992
USA: (Texas) David M CLARK
David Clark, white, now aged 32, is scheduled to be executed by the state of
Texas, USA, on 28 February 1992. He was sentenced to death in June 1987.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
As of December 1991, there were 345 prisoners under sentence of death in Texas.
The last person to be executed in the state was Johnny Frank Garrett, an
extremely mentally impaired, chronically psychotic and brain-damaged juvenile
offender, on 11 February 1992. Execution in Texas is carried out by lethal
injection. Forty-eight prisoners have been executed in Texas since 1976, when
a US Supreme Court ruling permitted individual states to reinstate the death
penalty for murder.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation
of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment or punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/telephone calls:
- urging the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend that the Governor
grant clemency to David Clark by commuting his death sentence;
- stating your opposition to the death penalty.
APPEALS TO
1) Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Dear Board Members
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard, PO Box 13401
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78578-6887
USA
Telegrams: Texas Board Pardons/Paroles, Austin TX 78758-6887, USA
Telephone: + 1 512 459 2782
Faxes: + 1 512 459 2790
2) Mr Jack D Kyle Dear Mr Kyle
Chairman
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
2503 Lake Road, Ste 9
Huntsville, TX 77340-5737
USA
Telegrams: Mr Kyle, Huntsville TX 77340-5737, USA
Telephone: + 1 409 291 2161
Faxes: + 1 409 291 6852
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COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
The Honourable Ann Richards
Governor of Texas
Office of the Governor
PO Box 12428, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Faxes: + 1 512 463 1849
Newspaper:
Austin American-Statesman
Cox Newspapers
Box 670, Austin, TX 78767
USA
Faxes: + 1 512 445 3679
and to diplomatic representatives of the USA in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please check with the International
Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 28 February 1992.

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