Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jose Briseno's Execution Was Stayed So Penpal Could Visit

We were wondering why Jose Briseno's executon was stayed and moved from this month to April 7. The Death Penalty Information Center says that they learned in a communication from Briseno's lawyer that the reason was to give time for his penpal in England to visit him before his execution.

Texas death row inmate Jose Briseno was issued a stay of execution by a Texas judge so his pen-pal from England could fly to the state to meet him before he was executed by lethal injection. Briseno's attorney, Richard Burr, said the stay "had to do with Jose's extraordinary ability to reach out to people all over the US and the world--as a pen-friend--to offer support and kindness."

(Source: communication from R. Burr, attorney for Jose Briseno, Jan. 16, 2009).

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