Please Grant Michael Lambrix a Clemency Hearing
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Michael Lambrix has been on death row for over 30 years. He has always maintained that he acted in self-defence and there are grave doubts about the safeness of both the conviction and the death sentence.
Mike Lambrix is a man of exceptional intelligence and personal resolve who has educated himself in prison and managed to make his experience valuable to others: He will be next year part of a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace Centre in Norway (link).
A clemency submission was last filed on 5 December 2014, however it has been denied and an execution date has been set for October 5th, 2017. Mike Lambrix has not had a clemency hearing in 30 years. He has now started a hunger strike to protest his innocence.
Please grant a full clemency to Mike Lambrix
- Office of Executive Clemency
Governor Rick Scott
- Commission on Offender Review
Joined by a strong commitment to justice, the undersigned respectfully request that the clemency authorities of Florida allow a full Clemency Review for Michael Lambrix DC#482053, born March 29, 1960, who faces execution October 5, 2017 for a double murder for which he was convicted in 1984.
This case is unique enough that it should compel the State of Florida to grant a special attention to under the form of a full clemency hearing. The last one was held over thirty years ago.
Many reasons support such a hearing:
1. The inordinate length of time already served (over 30 years)
2. He has never been given the opportunity to present himself his version of events as a coherent whole. The members of the Cabinet deserve to hear the full story.
3. His version of events (manslaughter in self-defence) remains credible. By contrast, the case against him appears in many ways legally contentious:
- The key witness changed the story she told the police several times
- The key witness admitted in court to having had a sexual affair with the State’s lead investigator
- Another leading witness later retracted her evidence
- Key forensic evidence has gone missing or is unavailable for testing (namely fingernail scrapings and the tire iron)
- The State theory of the sequential killing of the two victims remains questionable.
4. The jury verdicts were not unanimous, but 8-4 and 10-2. Should Mike Lambrix be tried today, he would NOT have been sentenced to death.
5. Mike Lambrix has twice refused offers of a plea-bargain, even though had he done so he would long since have been free.
However, there is one human picture that the courts will not be able to address:
Mike Lambrix is a man of exceptional intelligence and personal resolve who has educated himself in prison and managed to make his experience valuable to others: He will be next year part of a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace Centre in Norway.
Why spend money on executing a man whose life experience could be useful to others?
Michael Lambrix has not had a clemency review in 30 years. We respectfully ask to show fairness and grant him a full clemency review.
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