EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/40/90
25 September 1990
Further information on UA 340/90 (AMR 51/34/90, 22 August 1990) - Death
USA (Wyoming): Mark Hopkinson
Amnesty International has learned that Mark Hopkinson, who was scheduled
to be executed in Wyoming on 25 September 1990, has received a stay of
execution pending further appeals which are due to be held in
approximately six weeks' time. Thank you to all who acted on his behalf,
please continue action as recommended below.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Express and airmail letters:
- welcoming the stay and urging Governor Sullivan to grant clemency in
this case and commute Hopkinson's sentence;
- continuing to express concern at Wyoming's move to resume executions
after 25 years and urging that the state not take this retrograde step:
citing the world trend toward abolition of the death penalty, and any
relevant developments you may know of in your country;
- letters to newspapers may cite other arguments against the death penalty
such as its lack of any proven deterrent effect against violent crime
and the arbitrariness of its use in practice.
The Hon Mike Sullivan
Governor of Wyoming
Cheyenne, WY 82002
LETTERS TO NEWSPAPERS:
Casper Star Tribune New York Times
PO Box 80 The New York Times Company
Casper, WY 82602 229 W 43 St
USA New York, NY 10035
Attn: Charles Leverdosky USA
COPIES TO: Diplomatic representatives of the USA in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International
Secretariat or your section office if sending appeals after
6 November 1990.