On The Murder of Gary Graham
George Bush has followed in the footsteps of his "Willie
Horton" father to win brownie points in a close election.
June 21, 2000
Washington, DC - Representative Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA), spoke
on the house floor recently to try and reason with Texas Governor
and Presidential Candidate George W. Bush on behalf of condemned
inmate Gary Graham.
Gary Graham was convicted of capital murder on the word of a single
eyewitness to a holdup outside a supermarket back in 1981, when
he was only 17 years old. His conviction raised questions from the
Noting that ballistics tests revealed that Graham's gun was not
even the murder weapon, "A federal court has already stated that
there is significant evidence to support Gary Graham's claim of
innocence," McKinney stated.
McKinney chided Bush's international experience by saying that
his "death row experience has put Texas right in line with Iran,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Democratic Republic of Congo
as executionists of juvenile offenders."
And now, many Americans are angry tonight, with good reason.
"George Bush has aided and abetted in the murder of yet another
black man," says McKinney.
Even though Bush claimed that the Texas State Board of Pardons
and Paroles had the final authority of Graham's execution, it was
Bush who actually gave the go-ahead.
As of tonight, Texas has executed 134 prisoners since Bush has
been Governor. Texas has the national record for executions even
though a majority of Texans feel that innocent people have been
wrongly murdered. McKinney says that, "the organized extermination
of Black men has the stench of a new holocaust."
In previous statements, McKinney has spoken out against spurious
recently-released reports by the Department of Justice and the Central
Intelligence Agency absolving the United States Government of any
responsibility in the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and
of the crack cocaine epidemic in Black America.
"Gary Graham could very well have been innocent of the capital
crime he died for. There was credible evidence according to Federal
Court, of Graham's innocence. But because of the flawed system of
justice in America, too many Black men have been victims of state-sanctioned
injustice," says McKinney.