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National Conference of Black Lawyers calls for Gary’s release

National Conference of Black Lawyers calls for Gary’s release

Gary Tyler was born in July 1958. Originally sentenced to death, he now is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole to comply with the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling finding Louisiana’s death penalty unconstitutional. Gary was convicted in January 1977, at the age of 17, for first degree murder in the death of a 13 year old white boy that occurred when Gary was 16 years old. The murder of the 13 year old took place in a…

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Enacting forgiveness and redemption

Enacting forgiveness and redemption

A passion play in prison The Economist By C.D. May 15, 2012 IT IS painfully hot and dry in the rodeo arena at Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in America. Under a blazing sun American flags hang limply around the sand-covered enclosure, where 70 prisoners are acting out a unique version of “The Life of Jesus Christ”. By the time the three ingeniously constructed crosses are raised on a small hill of dirt, the physical…

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Supreme Court strikes down mandatory life terms for juveniles

Supreme Court strikes down mandatory life terms for juveniles

The 5-4 decision invalidates laws in 28 states that required such sentences for young murderers. More than 2,000 prisoners could now receive new sentences or parole hearings. Los Angeles Times By David G. Savage June 25, 2012 WASHINGTON — It is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young murderer to die in prison if a judge has not weighed whether his youth and the nature of his crime merited a shorter prison term, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The…

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Bibliography: The Case of Gary Tyler

Bibliography: The Case of Gary Tyler

Legal Lynching in Louisiana, The Case that Refuses to Die The Nation, March 12, 1989. Tyler Seeks Pardon in ’74 Shooting The Louisiana Weekly, May 6, 1989 New Doubts in ’74 Racial Killing Houston Chronicle, June 17, 1989 La. Black Seeks Pardon, Still Denies Racial Slaying The Atlanta Constitution, October 24, 1989 Why is this Man in Prison? The Guardian, December 6, 1989 Pardon Decision in Racial Slaying Expected Tomorrow in Louisiana New York Times, December 13, 1989 In Prison…

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Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice

Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice

Sports figures are joining the crusade to free a Louisiana man convicted as a teenager of a murder he didn’t commit. The Nation By Dave Zirin April 4, 2007 The history of the American legal system is scarred with instances of injustice: the Haymarket martyrs, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scottsboro Boys, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Add to this list the case of Gary Tyler, convicted of murder at the age of 16. Tyler’s case was remarkable because at the time…

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Public Statement by Amnesty International

Public Statement by Amnesty International

AI Index: AMR 51/026/2007 (Public) News Service No: 029  12 February 2007 USA: Serious miscarriage of justice in Louisiana must be rectified Amnesty International is renewing its call to the Louisiana authorities for a pardon to be granted to Gary Tyler, a 49 year-old African-American man who has been in prison in Louisiana since the age of 17, and whose 1975 trial was infected with racial prejudice. Tyler was convicted in 1975 of the murder of Timothy Weber, a white…

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Amnesty International Report circa 1995

Amnesty International Report circa 1995

The Case of Gary Tyler, Louisiana  Introduction Gary Tyler, black, now aged 36, is serving a life prison sentence in Louisiana State Penitentiary. He was convicted in November 1975 for the murder of 13-year-old Timothy Weber, a white schoolboy who was shot during racial fighting in 1974. Tyler, who was 16 at the time of the incident, has consistently denied involvement in the crime. Since his trial, serious doubts have been raised about the evidence on which he was convicted….

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