This just in from the Rev. Jack Zylman:
The state of Alabama is to execute John W. Peoples, Jr. this Thursday, Sept. 22.
There is a vigil planned to protest this execution at 5:45 PM, Thursday, September 22, 2005 at
Kelly Ingram Park, 16th Street North and 6th Avenue in Birmingham.
John W. Peoples Jr. claims that his counsel at the time of his trial was inadequate. Additionally, Peoples provided most of the State of Alabama’s evidence against himself before counsel represented him and while in police custody.
In addition to evidence gathered from Peoples before he had the protection of an attorney, the State also based its prosecution on the admittedly perjured testimony of co-defendant and alleged accomplice Timothy Gooden.
The Alabama Circuit Court denied motions for change of venue based on the publicity that the case had received locally. Also, the Alabama Circuit Court allowed Jimmy Chastin to remain a juror although Chastin was a reserve Talladega County Deputy Sheriff who rode along with law enforcement authorities during the investigation of the location of the Franklins’ bodies.
While Peoples was in jail, the state seized a tape recorder that Peoples used for communication with his attorney, violating attorney-client privilege.
John W. Peoples Jr. has no significant history of prior criminal activity and his constitutional rights were repeatedly violated throughout the investigation and trial.
For more information, call 205-821-0650 or 205-933-7678
Sponsored by: Amnesty International USA, Project Hope to End the Death Penalty, Alabama Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty, Pax Christi, and others.
Rev. Jack Zylman
1321 16th Avenue South
Birmingham, Ala. 35205-6020
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