Update 041201: Gov Perry has granted a stay of execution. He had this to say:
After a lengthy review of the trial transcript, appellate court rulings and clemency proceedings, I see no evidence of innocence.
Y’know, I thought there was supposed to be a presumption of innocence, with the burden of proof being on the prosecution.
Frances Newton is scheduled to be killed today by the State of Texas. After 17 years and despite incompetent state-appointed counsel at her original trial, questionable forensics, new testing methods which could shed light on key evidence and expanded evidence from a key witness, the state looks set to deny her request for a 120-day delay of execution. Atrios and Norbizness have details and Amnesty International has a one-click message you can send to the Governor and the Presiding Officer of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Below is the letter I sent. (I stole the image from here.)
Dear Gov Perry/ PO Owens:
I am writing you to ask you to do everything in your power to commute the sentence of Frances Newton, prisoner number 922, and honor the 120-day minimum reprieve petition which would allow Ms. Newton