Oklahoma Denies 2nd Application For Evidentiary Hearing For Richard Glossip

Oklahoma City, Ok November, 17 (The Oklahoma Post)-

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied the second application for an evidentiary hearing for death row inmate Richard Glossip as well as an application for post-conviction relief and a motion for discovery.

The decision to deny mercy and a fair trial comes the same day another state of Oklahoma inmate was executed, Richard Fairchild.

Today’s denial is the second of two appeals that were denied this month by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Richard Glossip’s attorney, Don Knight, in a press release stated, “The only thing we asked for in our two petitions was a fair hearing on our newly discovered evidence that the jury never heard. We are extremely disappointed that instead of giving us this opportunity, the Court improperly assumed the role of factfinder, and closed off our opportunity to begin to right this tragic wrong. But our fight to free this innocent man will never end. It is now clear that the District Attorney’s office has been withholding exculpatory information from the Glossip defense team ever since the trial, and we know there is still more information they have not shown us. What are the authorities so afraid of?” 

Glossip has been convicted twice for ordering the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese. Lawyers for Glossip said the new information they presented to the court shows Glossip is innocent. Glossip was set to be executed around the November 2022 elections, but Governor Stitt ordered the execution moved to February 2023.

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(Writing by Robbie Robertson; Editing by Robbie Robertson)

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