Skinner has vigorously maintained his innocence. To date, the State of Texas has refused to test or release all of the DNA evidence that was collected from the crime scene, including crucial pieces of evidence that could possibly exonerate Skinner.
Please send letters in support of Hank Skinner’s clemency petition to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, starting February 4th and arriving no later than February 17th.
Please write the following reference – “Attention: Henry “Hank” Skinner Case – #999143″ – on each page of your letter (as well as the cover page if you send it by fax) and on the front of the envelope.
Letters should be sent to the following address:
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757-6814
Fax (512) 467-0945
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR LETTER TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, AS THIS WILL SIDETRACK YOUR LETTER AND PREVENT IT FROM REACHING THE BOARD IN GOOD TIME TO BE CONSIDERED.
Here are some points to include in your letters:
– Hank Skinner was sentenced to die on the basis of a perjured testimony and circumstancial evidence.
– Crucial pieces of DNA evidence collected at the crime scene have never been tested. The State of Texas has refused to test or release this evidence. Skinner’s motions for DNA testing have been denied although he has always offered to cover for the cost.
– The important quantity of evidence that remains to be tested is essential to revealing the truth in this case.
– The state of Texas has a very poor record in terms of wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations.
-The commutation of Skinner’s death sentence is the only way for justice to be served.
-Urge the Board to grant clemency to Hank Skinner so that he has the opportunity to provide evidence that might demonstrate his wrongful conviction.
More information about this case is available from the Texas Tribune, which recently published two articles about Hank Skinner:
Part 1: “Case Open“, Texas Tribune (January 28, 2010)
Part 2: “Case Open: The Investigation“, Texas Tribune (January 29, 2010)