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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robert Jean Hudson's Family and Supporters Plead for Commutation of Death Sentence

Robert Jean Hudson is scheduled for execution in Texas on November 20. If all the executions scheduled in Texas between now and Hudson's scheduled date, he will be the twelfth person executed in Texas within a six week period. Hudson's supporters are asking for his death sentence to be changed to life in prison.

A petition for Hudson has been signed so far by more than 2000 people. To sign click here. His supporters have created a group for him on Facebook explaining why his sentence should be commuted to life:

Robert has always admitted to the murder, which he has repeatedly said was wrong, plead guilty in court, and has shown deep personal remorse and sorrow for the crime.

He had a troubled childhood and the murder *WAS NOT* premeditated, meaning he *should not* have been charged with capital murder, as non-premeditated murder *IS NOT a capital offense* in Texas, where it was committed.

Robert has a family and children of his own, who will have to face the loss of their father if his execution goes ahead.

Robert's lawyers during the sentencing phase of his trial did not perform as they should have, and failed grievously in their task.

The sentencing phase of Robert's trial was defective; he was on antidepressants and thus unable to testify/stand trial.

Due to his troubled childhood, he has had pyschiatric treatment since he was young, and he spent several years in special education. His Vietnam-veteran father was alcoholic.

Robert went through a long cycle of depression as a child, which hindered his chance to have a fair start in life.

NOTE: Neither this group nor Robert Jean Hudson's profile are edited by him. The group and his profile are maintained by his supporters on behalf of him. He has no access to the Internet, but we can send messages to the prison (the notorious Polunsky Unit).

IMPORTANT: As we are requesting only a COMMUTATION, if this is granted, Robert WILL NOT be released -- he just won't be executed. So please don't think we're requesting a pardon or the like. Robert will remain imprisoned, but he will be able to rebuild his life, and won't face the barbaric, torturous death penalty.

As one group member said, "I AM JOINING THIS GROUP BECAUSE A PARDON IS NOT BEING ASKED FOR AND THE VICTIM IS NOT BEING FORGOTTEN; SO I HOPE A STAY OF EXACUTION IS GRANTED; JUSTICE WILL STILL BE DONE."

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