Government ‘supports Carty clemency bid’

Linda Carty
Linda Carty

all credits: The Press Association
8th July 2010

The Government is prepared to do “anything that is necessary” to help a British grandmother who is on death row in Texas for killing a young mother. Linda Carty, 51, was convicted in 2002 over the abduction and murder of a 25-year-old woman after a trial which supporters say was “catastrophically flawed”.

The US Supreme Court decided in May not to review the case which means that Carty’s legal options have been exhausted. But security minister Baroness Neville-Jones said on Thursday at question time in the House of Lords that the Government was doing everything it could to support her attempts to get clemency.

She told peers that the Government had not ruled out taking the case to the International Court of Justice. Carty was convicted over the kidnap and murder of Joana Rodriguez, who was seized alongside her four-day-old son by three men on May 16 2001.

The baby was later found unharmed in a car, but Ms Rodriguez was killed, having been suffocated with duct-tape over her mouth and a plastic bag placed around her head.

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