EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/26/95
EXTRA 16/95 Death Penalty 16 February 1995
USA (Texas) Clarence LACKEY
Clarence Lackey is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 6 March 1995.
Clarence Lackey, white, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a
white woman in July 1977.
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 or degrading
punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
According to reports, Clarence Lackey may have been the victim of abuse as
a child. His father is thought to have been an alcoholic and subjected the
family to violence, as well as introducing Clarence to alcohol at the age
of 10. At his trial, Clarence Lackey claimed he was suffering from an alcohol
black-out at the time of the crime and has no recollection of events preceding
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the number of executions being
carried out in the USA in general, and in Texas in particular. Of the 263
executions carried out in the USA since the death penalty was resumed in the
mid 1970s, 90 have been carried out in Texas. The method of execution is lethal
In Texas the governor may commute a sentence of death only if he receives a
favourable recommendation from the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Board
consistently refuses to hold full clemency hearings in death penalty cases,
and apart from a number of commutations granted in the 1980s as the result
of two key court rulings, the Board has never recommended clemency in any death
penalty case in recent years.
As of October 1994 there were 390 prisoners under sentence of death in Texas.
The most recent person to be executed in Texas was Jeffrey Motley, on 7 February
RECOMMENDED ACTION Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
in English if possible:
- expressing deep concern that Clarence Lackey is scheduled to be executed
in Texas on 6 March 1995; at the same time expressing concern and sympathy
for the families of violent crime;
- urging the Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend that Governor Bush grant
clemency to Clarence Lackey;
- expressing opposition to the death penalty in all cases.
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Executive Clemency Unit
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Pardons and Paroles Division
PO Box 13401