(EN) Urgent - Execution of Flint Gregory Hunt in Maryland imminent!

Chuck Munson (chuck0@geocities.com)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 09:38:46 -0400

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Execution of Flint Gregory Hunt in Maryland imminent! June 24, 1997 Washington, DC by Chuck0 of DAMN (Direct Action Media Network)

Flint Gregory Hunt is scheduled to be executed by the State of Maryland next week. This will be the first execution in Maryland in three years and only the third in the last 35 years. Hunt, who is an African-American, was convicted of killing a white Baltimore police officer after a struggle in a rally after a drug bust. He was tried, convicted, and given the death sentence in a trial that was typical for a poor defendant, and that displayed many common features with the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Hunt now has some pretty good lawyers who have appealed to stop the execution, but things do not look good. More details are appended in a news story below.

The Governor of Maryland, Paris Glendenning, a Democrat and former professor at the University of Maryland, signed Hunt's death warrant.

What you can do if you live outside of Maryland:

* Call the governor's office at (410) 974-3901 * Fax the governor's office at (410) 974-3275 * Email the governor at governor@gov.state.md.us * Hold a protest where you live. * Contact the media where you live.

Upcoming local events: Saturday, June 28 2:00 p.m. Rally in Baltimore at the Supermax Contol Unit Facility where death row prisoners are incarcerated (Fallsway and Madison Streets in downtown Baltimore)

Week of June 30 Scheduled evening of execution TBA - Vigil, protest activities.

For more information on support or protests, call the Campaign to End the Death Penalty at 301-587-1469

Flint Gregory Hunt web page: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4167/hunt.html

--------------------------- The following appeared in today's Washington Post

Stay of Execution Sought

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening was asked yesterday to stay the execution of Flint Gregory Hunt because of concerns about racial disparities in sentencing, questions about jury selection and statements by jurors that they would have sentenced Hunt to life without parole if given the opportunity.

Public defender Katie O'Donnell said the findings of a gubernatorial task force that noted racial disparities in death penalty cases should be examined before Hunt is allowed to be executed.

Of the 17 people on death row, 14 are black, and 15 of the 17 cases involve white victims, she said. Hunt, who is black, was convicted of shooting Baltimore police Officer Vincent J. Adolfo twice at close range during a November 1985 struggle in an alley.

Glendening will respond to the request after his staff has reviewed it, a spokeswoman said.

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