Death row Briton pleas to US Supreme Court

Linda Cartyoriginally published by: The BBC
26th February 2010

A British grandmother on death row in Texas is lodging a last-ditch appeal with the US Supreme Court.

Linda Carty, 51, faces execution within months unless the court agrees to rehear her abduction and murder case. A video plea in support of Carty, who was born on St Kitts to parents from the British territory of Anguilla, will be submitted to the court.

Campaigners say her conviction in 2002 for the murder of a 25-year-old woman was “catastrophically flawed”. The appeal from her legal team will be made alongside a document from the British government outlining its concerns over her sentence.

Carty herself speaks in the video submission, saying: “If I have to die, I pray that my family and my mum and my daughter will not look and feel ashamed of their daughter or their mother because I was guilty, but realises the state of Texas has failed me.”

“We hope the Supreme Court will reopen this case, in the interests of justice and for the sake of Linda’s heart-broken family” said Clare Algar of Reprieve

The request for a retrial is based around claims she was given an inadequate defence lawyer during the original trial and that the UK government was blocked from providing support.

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