Linda Carty (Cont’d)

Reprieve have stated that: ‘Linda’s court-appointed lawyer was Jerry Guerinot, whose incompetence has already led to twenty of his clients ending up on death row, more than any other defence lawyer in the US. His approach to her case was at best, slapdash, at worst, wilfully inept’.

In September 2009 Linda lost her appeal against her sentence. All that might save her now is an appeal to the Supreme Court. The Fifth Circuit court in New Orleans conceded that she had received poor defence at her trial in 2002 but refused to reverse the jury’s decision which imposed the death penalty.

The director of Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith, said; “Although she has recourse to the Supreme Court, experience suggests that she will soon be in the Texas execution chamber.”Linda Carty has been tragically and disastrously failed by her defence lawyer at trial, and by the US legal system.”

The appeals had court ruled Linda’s request for help from the UK government came too late but her attorney still insisted that their quest to save her life is not over.

Lind said; “Killing me is not going to bring you the end of it because there is going to be a murderer out there who got away with it.”

Her attorney and campaigners say that they were left with two possible options: asking the Fifth Circuit to reconsider or asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. It’s possible they may do both. If they don’t win an appeal, Carty could be executed sometime early in 2010.

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