Bianca Jagger releases urgent video appeal asking mothers of the world to join the fight to save Linda Carty’s life this Mothers’ Day.

March 15, 2010

The Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation has made an urgent Mother’s Day appeal to save British grandmother Linda Carty from execution this summer.

The film may be viewed on YouTube or at Reprieve now; to obtain a high-quality copy please email katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk.

Linda Carty was sentenced to death in February 2002 by a Texan court, largely because of multiple failures by her notoriously incompetent court-appointed attorney. Last month, a highly unusual video plea was submitted to the US Supreme Court in support of Linda, who faces execution within months unless the Court agrees to rehear her case. The British Government also submitted a very strong argument on Linda’s behalf, stating that Texas’s failure to inform the British Consulate of her arrest prevented them from providing Linda with a competent lawyer — which would likely have saved her life.

Clive Stafford Smith, Director of Reprieve, has released a video blog about why we should spare a thought for Linda Carty this Mothers’ Day: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/2010_03_13lindacartymothersdayblog

Clare Algar, Executive Director of Reprieve, says:

“Linda Carty could not afford a decent lawyer, and this may cost her her life. Linda is much beloved by her mother, daughter and grandchildren, and they are horrified by the prospect of her execution this summer. This Mother’s Day, we are asking mothers of the world to come together to help save Linda’s life. ”

For further information, please contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk 020 7427 1099 or go to www.reprieve.org.uk/savelindacarty

Notes for Editors:

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives.

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’

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