Bianca Jagger in Death’s Waiting Room

September 7, 2010

Bianca Jagger appeals to Prime Minister David Cameron to help prevent the execution of British grandmother Linda Carty.

Bianca Jagger, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, will appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to intercede on behalf of British grandmother Linda Carty who faces imminent execution in Texas.

Bianca Jagger will appear at 2pm today in Death’s Waiting Room in Trafalgar Square, a life-size death row cell replicating Linda Carty’s real-life cell in Mountainview Unit, Texas, to write to Linda and to show her support. All welcome.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Jagger noted that the US death penalty system disproportionately targets the poor, the dispossessed, members of a minority and those who cannot afford adequate legal council adding that “as with so many other death penalty convictions, Linda’s case was fraught with errors and is an egregious miscarriage of justice.” The full text of the letter can be read at www.reprieve.org.uk/bianca_jagger_letter_for_linda. You can sign the letter at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-linda-carty/.

Linda Carty has exhausted her legal appeals and will be executed within months unless Governor Perry of Texas can be persuaded to spare her life.

For further information, please contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk 07931592674/ 020 7427 1099.

About Linda Carty

British grandmother and former primary school teacher Linda Carty was born on the Caribbean island and independent British Commonwealth realm of St Kitts. She was sentenced to die by lethal injection for allegedly ordering the 2001 murder of Joana Rodriguez.

Linda would certainly not be on death row today – and she would probably have been acquitted altogether – if she had had a decent lawyer at trial.

About Death’s Waiting Room

The exterior of the cell is covered with a timeline of Linda’s life, an abbreviated description of her case and statistics about the death penalty in general.

The interior of the cell is designed to replicate Linda’s real cell as closely as possible, with family photos, cricket memorabilia (she is a huge fan of the West Indies cricket team and of Sir Viv Richards in particular) and books that Linda has been reading recently. It also contains a television, on which will be playing a looped film of Linda singing and speaking interspersed with clips of lawyers and government officials talking about her case.

A representative of Reprieve at the cell site throughout the day, from 9am until it gets dark and the courtyard is closed (between 7 and 8pm).

Reprieve is grateful to the staff at St Martin-in-the-Fields for their generosity in hosting Death’s Waiting Room.

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.’