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GREG WRIGHT WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED & EXECUTED in TEXAS, Oct. 30th 2008!   newsarchive

2011
October 30th   On the 3rd Anniversary of Greg's death, we pay our respects again to a dear friend. Please join with us, in your homes or place of worship, with our annual candle vigil when we reflect on the happy times we shared with him, as well as the continuing sadness we feel for the immense wrongs he was forced to suffer.  As you do so, you might wish to read again the wonderful tributes paid to him  here.
To mark this anniversary, and to help others understand why his death was so wrong, Bente & I have released new editions of the books:
Texas, he was INNOCENT and Texas, I was INNOCENT, this time through Lulu Press.

Bente's book is a very personal account both of her friendship with Greg, and the highs and lows of the legal process that was endured in this time. It concludes with a heartfelt description of those final hours during her visit to Texas to support Greg and his family, and to pay witness to the execution. It continues with the story of Connie's trip back with her to Norway following Greg's burial, and the warm reception given to Connie by pupils of Aglo school who had heard so much about Greg, and shared the fight to save his life. Many of them had written to Greg over the years and had received personal messages back from him. It was to be a celebration and tribute to the life of an innocent man. Connie adds her own tribute in a final chapter.
My book concentrates on the conversations Greg and I shared over the three and a half years of our friendship, and adds to the insight into the character and spirit of a man trapped but always fighting back against the legal snare which is the broken death penalty instrument in Texas and other parts of the US.
Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Breyer, has said that "[Evidence of possible or probable innocence is not enough], it is necessary to have proof that someone else has had to pull the trigger... [in order for the Supreme Court to intervene]".  Although he was speaking in the context of the recent Troy Davis case, and the recantation of witness statements, this position of the Supreme Court shows the impossible barrier Greg faced, in spite of substantial new evidence, to achieve the opportunity for a new trial and his freedom. Millions of people in America and around the world, reject this position of the Supreme Court, and demand that it accepts its responsibility to ensure justice for innocent men and women on death row. More than that, it is time to abolish the death penalty.


June            Greg Wright was a Christian, not only from his days on death row, but from his childhood when he attended extra-curricular bible study with friends at school. While he may have lapsed Church attendance in his late teens and for some years after, he never lost the values that his belief brought to him, and in life he demonstrated in so many ways, his respect and concern for those in trouble or less fortunate than himself. As a further tribute to Greg, and to his powerfully held Christian views and values, I arranged a few months ago for a supporting donation to be made to assist the making of a short film called "June Gloom". This film is now completed and is being shown at Film Festivals for review. June Gloom is a short, yet potent look at a man's journey home from prison. Going against the grain of the usual L.A. story, this film reveals how delicate one's life can be when starting over in a world that doesn't want you. Greg, I am sure, would have related to this theme, and to the many people who make that journey, even though he himself was cruelly denied the opportunity from death row. I asked the writer, director and producer of the film, Attila Adam, for the film credits to carry Greg's name, and I am delighted that he agreed to this request. This is displayed in the frame capture from the advance DVD that has been sent to me. I hope the film is well received by critics and all those who view it. I have certainly been impressed by quality of the film and the powerful messages it intends to convey. I should add that Greg was indeed a reader of Sentencing Law & Policy, as I relayed to him in letters some of the debates I had on that blog concerning the death penalty.
         

January               A further memory of our campaign in 2010 to publicize, educate and win support for all those in peril of life in the United States and around the world because of the abuse of Human Rights as reflected in the Death Penalty where it remains yet to be abolished. Also, to thank those who stood and continue to stand with us in our fight to force acceptance by Texas that Gregory Wright was innocent, and therefore wrongly executed on October 30th, 2008.

2010
November 3       The book, Texas, I Was Innocent can now be read online or downloaded for free at http://www.scribd.com/freegregwright
October 30
Please join us in lighting a candle for Greg
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October   Here are the videos of speeches made by Connie and Bente at the Voices For Death Row Inmates protest outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London on 10th October, 2010. The VFDRI protest event was held to mark World Day Against The Death Penalty 2010. The official VFDRI website is: http://www.voicesfordeathrowinmates.org/



Additional video coverage of VFDRI 10.10.10 London can be found here and here

Sept.  The Road to Livingston


Aug 3rd   You may be aware that John Wade Adams, at a punishment phase Retrial, was granted relief from his original death sentence yesterday. A mis-trial was declared by the presiding judge following 27 hours of jury deliberation which failed to agree a verdict.  The full report in the Dallas Morning News can be found here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/080310dnmetdeathpenalty.2762004.html
Given the enormous role John Wade Adams had in falsely implicating Greg Wright in the murder of Donna Vick, you will understand the complex feelings of Greg's family and friends. Many outraged comments are being received by us, with the underlying question being "How can we get Greg's conviction re-examined and overturned ... leading to a posthumous exoneration. " It is also good to see the support of the Texas Moratorium Network at this time which, on its blog, asks the question "But did Texas execute someone who did not kill anyone, namely Greg Wright? "
John Adams was granted his retrial on the basis that his difficult childhood circumstances were never considered in mitigation at the original trial. Fair enough. But Greg was denied a retrial despite the flouting of Constitutional Precedent and Right concerning the hearing of John Adams statement at Greg's trial, without the opportunity of cross-examination in court. What is fair or consistent about that?
As you will doubtless have read in these pages and elsewhere, the grounds of Greg's Appeal of Actual Innocence were serious and extensive ... not least because of Adams own written confession, and exoneration of Greg for any participation or complicity in the crime. There was much more evidence of innocence but the DA, Craig Watkins, and his team of prosecutors, chose to take a negative path to sustain Greg's death penalty rather than acknowledge the blatant errors and malpractice of their predecessors. That they were aided and abeited by a complacent judiciary is example enough of the irretrievably broken process that is the death penalty in Texas and the US.
Greg's family and close friends do not have, alone, the resources or legal recourse to challenge his wrongful death. The performance and attitude of John Adams, as his new sentence of Life with parole was announced, may have added to the conviction of many more of you that this man was guilty not of one murder but, by proxy, of two.  Donna Vick was Greg's friend, and lifeline to a recovery of his health and welfare.  HE DID NOT KILL HER. Only John Wade Adams had the motive and criminal history to have done that.
We end this statement with a heartfelt appreciation of the sorrow and loss endured by Ms. Vick's son and family. We hope they will one day soon come to understand the great respect and gratitude Greg had for Donna Vick.
Finally we reference once again  Greg's own words:

“There has been a lot of confusion on who done this. I know you all want closure. Donna had her Christianity intact when she died. She never went to a drug house. John Adams lied. He went to the police and told them a story. He made deals and sold stuff to keep from going to prison. I left the house, and I left him there. My only act or involvement was not telling on him. John Adams is the one that killed Donna Vick. I took a polygraph and passed. John Adams never volunteered to take one. I have done everything in my power. Donna Vick helped me; she took me off the street. I was a truck driver; my CDL was still active. Donna gave me everything I could ask for. I helped her around the yard. I helped her around the house. She asked if there were anyone else to help. I am a Christian myself, so I told her about John Adam. We picked him up at a dope house. I did not know he was a career criminal. When we got to the house he was jonesin for drugs. He has to go to Dallas. I was in the bathroom when he attacked. I am deaf in one ear and I thought the T.V. was up too loud. I ran in to the bedroom. By the time I came in, when I tried to help her, with first aid, it was too late. The veins were cut on her throat. He stabbed her in her heart, and that's what killed her. I told John Adams, "turn yourself in or hit the high road." I owed him a favor because he pulled someone off my back. I was in a fight downtown. Two or three days later he turned on me. I have done everything to prove my innocence. Before you is an innocent man. I love my family. I'll be waiting on ya'll. I'm finished talking.”   Gregory Wright, Oct. 30th, 2008



May 1st  Link to a transcript of the speech made by Peter Bellamy at a death penalty activists meeting outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, UK on April 30th 2010.   Also see the video below of the speech read from home.
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2009
Dec 25    Sales of books now exceed 120 before the official release date of January 1st 2010. Buy yours today.
Nov 21   The BookShop is now open to take orders for these books - closed. New editions released on sale at Lulu Press (see above:Oct. 2011)
Oct 30   On this day of memorial to Greg, we are pleased and proud to announce the forthcoming publication of two books we have written in         memory of our much loved and much missed husband and friend. Copies will be available for purchase from January 1st 2010.  Details will follow in due course. This is an advance photo -
 book announcement
Oct 28   Video which includes the speech Connie made at the March & Rally on Saturday -  brilliant :) 


Oct 28  Video report from the 10th annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty in Austin, Texas


May 27   Supporting PRWEB release  : Gregory Wright Supporters Speak Out After "Dallas DNA" Show
May 27   PRESS RELEASE for immediate distribution - Statement concerning the TV screening on Investigation Discovery of episode 4 of DALLAS DNA, concerning the case and execution of Gregory Edward Wright in Texas on October 30th 2008

April 27   
An Open Letter to those responsible for the wrongful death of Gregory Edward Wright

I am today publishing the following Open Letter to those persons and judicial bodies responsible for the wrongful execution of my friend Gregory Edward Wright, on October 30th 2008.

Version 1 is an edited version suitable for media publication.

Version 2 is an unedited version which will be sent to primary players as indicated above.

Mar. 08   Appeals page updated with the incredible and false testimony of John Adams, in a Deposition Hearing in the Court of Judge Francis, which retracted written and signed statements exonerating Greg of all complicity in the murder of Donna Vick. While the courts have never accepted the truth of this statement, it effectively denied Greg the one crucial piece of evidence that would have spared his life. Adams is now using it in an effort to save his own.  Look here to see scans of the original written statements of John Adams that he signed AND MADE EFFORTS TO HAVE LEGALLY NOTARIZED

Jan. 15    Supporters of Tony Medina seek help (click on banner)  TonyMedina


Jan. 01    Much of this website is up and accessible once more, after a transfer to a new hosting organisation. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. The remaining pages and links to be uploaded will be available in the next few days. Meanwhile, the Blog has continued to carry news of the principal ongoing developments and opinions. It has today been updated with a Prayer for the New Year.


2008
Dec. 17    As Christmas approaches, may we say how truly grateful we have been to receive the many tributes that we have been able to display on the special Tribute page to Greg (Tony). Another was added today, and many more people have written to Connie to express their heartfelt condolences at his death. We thank you, and will this Christmas, with you all, give thanks to God for Greg's presence in our lives and in the friendship he shared with us.
Dec. 16    New entry on the Blog, which comments on the consequences of political pressure on the decisions of DA Craig Watkins
Dec. 15
   The previous entry has been removed temporarily. If you downloaded, then enjoy, if not then there is a treat to come in the New Year.
Dec. 03    Authorised reports and photo of Greg now showing at:  +    + Texas Student's Against the Death Penalty  + Prison Writings Blogspot
Dec. 01
    Further update to Tribute page
Nov. 30    Press Release - Call for Independent Review 
Nov. 30
    As we continue to find courage and strength from Greg's gift of friendship and love, which is undiminished by his death, please continue to keep an eye on the Tribute page (remember new entries may appear anywhere on the page). Contributions are welcome to both from family and friends. It has been wonderful to be contacted by friends from his youth, and if others come across these pages, or can be informed of them, we would be grateful to hear from you all.
On a separate note, I am told that the web site host, Lycos, may be closing its operations soon, but that another host is being sought. If there are any interuptions to access to this site, then every effort will be made to restore it as soon as possible. 
Nov. 25    The Tribute page has been updated recently - with more contributions and also a photo of Greg's old school in Kentucky, where he had such success in sport (and in most of his academic studies also!).  You might wish to encourage Kids Against the Death Penalty by visiting their very nice site - the link is given by their entry on the Tribute page, and also the contacts page from the menu below. Please keep viewing (and bookmark us) - our fight for Justice is a long way from finished.
Nov. 18    Please take time to read Terri Been's account of conditions at Polunsky right now.
Nov. 16    Connie is back home after taking time out in Norway, with Bente, and also a few days back in Texas with Rachael. She will be contacting as many of you as possible who have sent your best wishes, flowers, and tributes to Greg. It may take a few days :)
Nov. 12    Reporting in the Norwegian press :  http://www.bladet.no/nyheter/article3913899.ece
Nov. 09    This website will continue in its present form for one year, until the anniversary of Greg's death. Thereafter, it will be converted to a single page Tribute, in memory and honor of a fine man, husband, son, brother, nephew and friend.
Nov. 07
    Throughout this case, Gregory Wright and his attorneys battled against a series of false assumptions and downright lies. Some of these lies have been repeated and perpetuated by agents and representatives of the legal community whose duty is ensure truth and Justice. This site, in memory of Greg's innocence and fight for life, intends to set the record straight. Yes, we believe the Death Penalty to be wrong in principle, but our mission in exposing to the world the lies used against Greg, and those who relied upon them to kill an innocent man, is to show that whether you support or would abolish the death penalty, its management is so flawed as to be an affront to the human rights and laws of natural justice of innocent people. We would argue further, that it is unconstitutional. We will begin our exposure over the coming days, and for as long as it takes for an acknowledgment of the injustice done to Gregory Wright over a period of 11 years, and ending on October 30th, 2008. In doing so, we hope other innocent men and women, and their families, will be spared such injustice in the future. That is a legacy Greg would have approved of as he studied the Law to certificate level and beyond during the latter years of his incarceration.

Nov. 06    This website is undergoing minor revisions to reflect the events of Oct. 30th 2008, and the subsequent refocussing of our campaign.

The media news items below reflect the concern and disbelief that Texas and the US Supreme Court failed to accept and act upon the compelling and true evidence of Greg's INNOCENCE of any part in the crime committed against Donna Vick. Those parties involved should acknowledge their mistake and their shame.

AMNESTY USA Death Penalty Blog statement on Innocence
Article "Presidential candidate joins protest of execution"   (text version here)
Witness to an execution - video report by Cynthia McKinney
Listen to a critical analysis of this case by Jim Skelton & Meg Penrose on Execution Watch    (how?)
Reflections by Grits for Breakfast
 Note of Empathy from Journey of Hope 


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