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Press Release for immediate distribution, March 15th, 2013

Upcoming US Supreme Court decision in Trevino may assist Tony Medina

Summary
In an update of the death penalty case of Tony Medina, held in Polunsky, Texas since September 1996, supporters await the decision before the US Supreme Court in Trevino v Thaler [1], concerning the obstruction to appeals on the ground of ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Counsel for Trevino argue that a prior ruling in Martinez v Ryan (2012) [2] was based on a substantially similar bar to appeal then prevailing in Arizona, and that existing Texas practice is contrary to that 2012 ruling.
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London, United Kingdom. March 15, 2013 – In a signed Order dated February 6th, 2013, US District Judge, John D. Rainey, for the Southern District of Texas, Houston, granted Tony Medina's Motion for a Stay of federal habeas action, pending the decision in Trevino v Thaler [1], a case currently before the US Supreme Court. Oral arguments in Trevino have been heard, and it is anticipated that a ruling will be made in May.

In Martinez v. Ryan (2012) [2], the nations highest court ruled that the failure of state habeas lawyers to argue that their client’s trial counsel was ineffective should not keep the defendant from being able to make that argument later in the appeals process.

A number of death penalty cases in Texas have been put on Stay, pending the outcome. Tony’s is one such case. We are told that when the ruling is made, Tony’s attorney’s will then have 45 days to complete and make the submission they have been preparing. We are currently looking for that to happen in June/July. If the Trevino appeal to the Supreme Court is successful on the argued point, then some re-evaluation may have to take place that will affect Tony’s case in a positive way.

Tony Medina, 38-year-old, father of three children, has been on death row in Texas for over 16 years. He was accused of shooting from a car into a crowd of young people. Two children were deadly wounded during the incident. In spite of the claims of prosecutors that Tony was guilty of the crime, the testimony of witnesses and other evidence suggest he is innocent. He is only guilty of not having enough money at the time of his trial, to engage a good lawyer who would have handled his case more seriously and effectively. This has made later post-trial appeals by pro bono attorneys more difficult, as the subsequent high level proof of innocence required is more complex to achieve, and time and jurisdiction bars to grounds of appeal are obstructive.

Further information about Tony Medina’s case, and ways of helping, can be found at:

Contact persons for the press:
Ilona Leverenz, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peter Bellamy, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

[1]  Trevino v Thaler US Supreme Court Docket No. 11-10189
[2]   Martinez v Ryan 132 S. Ct. 1309, 182 L. Ed. 2d 272 (2012)

 

Tony Medina supporters release Briefing No.2
Following the launch of a Supporters Briefing on Tony's Actual Innocence claims last week, Peter Bellamy and Ilona Leverenz now release a second Briefing Paper that summarizes other legal arguments in his current Appeal, to help interested persons understand the considerable volume of evidence which supports Tony's assertion of innocence and claims for Relief. This may be viewed/downloaded at: Download
As always, we appreciate feedback from you. Tony can be contacted directly by mail (see details on website), or we are happy to pass on any email messages.
Advance notice: Peter Bellamy will be reading extracts from Tony's book "Witness to Murder" during the peaceful protest outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, on April 29th - organized by Voices for Death Row Inmates. If you are able, please feel free to attend this protest (11.00am - 4.00). Link
Many thanks for your continuing interest and support.
Ilona Leverenz & Peter Bellamy

Tony Medina supporters launch Actual Innocence Briefing
Following a study of recent legal documents submitted to the Court on consideration of his Appeal for habeas corpus, supporters Peter Bellamy and Ilona Leverenz have released a Briefing Paper (April 2012) to help interested persons understand the considerable volume of evidence which supports Tony's assertion of innocence. This may be viewed/downloaded at: Download
As always, we appreciate feedback from you. Tony can be contacted directly by mail (see details on website), or we are happy to pass on any email messages.
Advance notice: Peter Bellamy will be reading extracts from Tony's book "Witness to Murder" during the peaceful protest outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, on April 29th - organized by Voices for Death Row Inmates. If you are able, please feel free to attend this protest (11.00am - 4.00). Link
Many thanks for your continuing interest and support.
Ilona Leverenz & Peter Bellamy

 

Press Release for immediate distribution

Witnesses And Supporters For Tony Medina Say Tony Medina Is Innocent

Summary
In an update of the case of Tony Medina, held on death row in Texas since September 1996, supporters highlight the evidence of eyewitnesses, and the news of legal efforts of newly appointed lawyers to present a Petition for Habeas Corpus to prove his innocence.


London, United Kingdom. February 20, 2011 – In a signed Order dated August 24, 2010, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston, granted Tony Medina's unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to submit an amended Petition for Habeas Corpus - to April 14, 2011.

Tony Media says “My state Habeas appeal was MUCH larger then normal appeals in Texas, since I had the benefit of a really good lawyer. So my Federal appeal lawyers are having to work through a lot of material, built up over 10 years. The judge GRANTED our motion for extended time to file! This Order means we will have more time to file the best appeal possible, giving me the greatest chance in the courts.”

Tony Medina, 36-year-old, father of three children, has been on death row in Texas for over 15 years. He was accused of shooting from a car into a crowd of young people. Two children were deadly wounded during the incident. In spite of the claims of prosecutors that Tony was guilty of the crime, the testimony of witnesses and other evidence suggest he is innocent. He is only guilty of not having enough money at the time of his trial, to engage a good lawyer who would have handled his case more seriously and effectively. This has made later post-trial appeals by pro bono attorneys more difficult, as the subsequent high level proof of innocence required is more complex to achieve. The state of Texas took 5 years to reject, without written analysis, Tony's last full appeal.

Every day life on death row is hard and monotonous. Tony Medina waits for his execution and news of his appeals, in a tiny cell 7.12 square metres. He has hardly any social contacts or creative discussions to be able to express himself. Five days a week, for only two hours he is allowed to leave his cell. In order to remain alert and mentally healthy, he tries to be creative. And in trying to express himself he has invented his own artistic style. He started drawing with coloured pencils, but during the last years he began using different materials for his works of art. Tony's unique art speaks for itself in demonstrating that Tony remains a human being, with feelings, intelligence, and creative talent. He is also a poet and avid reader. His wrongful conviction is hard to bare, but he does his best to believe that Justice will prevail, and that he will one day soon be permitted to rejoin the free world.

The facts speak in favor of Tony Medina. On that night of the shooting he was at a party, miles away. The eyewitnesses at the incident scene noticed that the driver and shooter was a black man.  None of the fingerprints found on the weapon matched the fingerprints of Tony. They belonged to a black man who, later on, became the main witness for the prosecution. These witnesses were not interrogated at the trial and the defense team was far from being competent or effective. In the past few years, Tony has been represented by others who have been of great encouragement to Tony and his family. Their greater professionalism in presenting evidence and legal argument to the courts, we hope, will eventually bring its reward. But meanwhile, Tony Medina is a human being, and has the right to be treated fairly, according to the law.

Ilona Leverenz, one of Tony Medina’s supporters in Germany, scored a certain success in January 2008: The students of criminology from the Ontario University in Canada declared themselves willing to study the case in details and work through it anew. The results obtained so far reveal gross errors in proceedings. The case has further support with the TCADP organization from Houston, Texas and Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing from Anchorage, Alaska (AK) . This ongoing support has been much appreciated by Tony and his family.

The Habeas Corpus appeal was submitted to the Texas Court of Criminal appeals by Morris Moon, Tony Medina’s appeal attorney in the latter stages of the state process. On May 26, 2009 the Judge signed the results of the proposed investigation and the legal argument of the district attorney. He recommended the Court of appeal to decline the petition upon an extraordinary order. On Sept. 16, 2009, the Court of Justice rejected the appeal without any written argument or analysis. As the case has moved to the Federal courts, Morris Moon passed on the case to Jim Marcus, Professor of Law at the University of Texas, and Robert McGlasson. They are currently working on a revised Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Since March 2010 Ilona Leverenz has been working with the AIDWYC organization from Canada, in the hope that they may be able to assist Tony's defence in the future. Peter Bellamy, from England,  works collaboratively with her and Tony Medina’s family. TV and radio coverage and also the articles in the German newspapers help the activists in their struggle against injustice.

“We are grateful for any kind of support. Either active by passing out flyers, organizing demonstrations, concerts, talkshows, or through linking to the website homepage. Also, donations, however small, are important to us in the fight to help Tony achieve Justice and freedom.“, says Ilona Leverenz.

Donations can be paid directly into Tony's Legal Defense Fund. This managed managed by the First National Bank in Livingston:
Account name/beneficiary: Golda Medina,
Account number: 2440849
Bank routing number 113105452
Additional notes: Save Tony Medina Defense Fund.

Further information about Tony Medina’s case, and ways of helping/donating, can be found at: www.tony-medina.info

Contact persons for the press:
Ilona Leverenz, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter Bellamy, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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