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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A Death in Destrehan

A Death in Destrehan

By Bob Herbert, Op-Ed Columnist / New York Times Destrehan, Louisiana, February 1, 2007  On the afternoon of Oct. 7, 1974, a mob of 200 enraged whites, many of them students, closed in on a bus filled with black students that was trying to pull away from the local high school. The people in the mob were in a high-pitched frenzy. They screamed racial epithets and bombarded the bus with rocks and bottles. The students on the bus were terrified. When a…

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Gary Tyler Walks Free from Angola After 41 Years Imprisoned

Gary Tyler Walks Free from Angola After 41 Years Imprisoned

Democracy Now! May 2, 2016 In Louisiana, Gary Tyler has walked free from the Angola prison after serving 41 years for a murder many believe he did not commit. Tyler, an African American, has been jailed since he was 16 years old after an all-white jury convicted him based entirely on the statements of four witnesses who later recanted their testimony. His case has been called one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in the modern history of the United…

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Gary Tyler finally released!

Gary Tyler finally released!

St Charles Herald Guide By Anna Thibodeauz April 29, 2016 After serving 41 years in prison for the 1974 shooting death of Timothy Weber, Gary Tyler of St. Rose pleaded guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement in the decades old case and walked out of court today (April 29) a free man. Until today’s hearing before Judge Lauren Lemmon, Tyler had maintained his innocence but told Lemmon he wanted to accept responsibility for his role in the…

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After more than 4 decades in prison, Gary Tyler finally free

After more than 4 decades in prison, Gary Tyler finally free

KATC ABC TV By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – After almost 42 years at Louisiana’s maximum security prison, Gary Tyler is a free man. Tyler had been jailed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola since he was 16, convicted of first-degree murder for the 1974 slaying of a fellow Destrehan High School student amid rising racial tensions surrounding school integration. Now 57, he was released Friday. Norris Henderson, a counselor helping ease Tyler’s re-entry into society,…

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A long time for killing

A long time for killing

MWC News by Michael Parenti September 22, 2015 Today, across the nation, we witness homicidal violence delivered against unarmed people by law enforcement officers. These beatings and killings are carried out with something close to impunity. The cops almost always get away with murder. Moreover, these crimes are nothing new; they are longstanding in practice. A study of police brutality in three major cities—conducted just about half a century ago in 1967—found that all the victims had one thing in…

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