Media Advisory For

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Family of Innocent Man Executed in Texas and CA Death Row Exoneree Warn Voters About Prop 66;

Ad Opposing Prop 66 Will Feature Family of Cameron Todd Willingham

* VIEW THE AD HERE: http://nooncaprop66.org/willingham-family-no-on-66/ *

Los Angeles, CA — Family members of Cameron Todd Willingham, an innocent man who was executed in Texas in 2004 for a crime he didn’t commit, will travel to California this week to warn voters about the unintended consequence of Proposition 66. Legal experts say that Proposition 66 will increase California’s risk of executing an innocent person by removing important legal safeguards and imposing unrealistic timelines in death penalty cases — making California laws more like those in Texas. Experts warn that Texas has executed at least two innocent men. The Willingham family will be joined by Barry Scheck, the director of the Innocence Project, and Ernest “Shujaa” Graham, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in California. Graham was eventually acquitted after spending six years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

WHAT: Eugenia Willingham and Patricia Willingham Cox, the stepmother who raised Willingham and his cousin; Barry Scheck, director of the Innocence Project; California death row exoneree Ernest “Shujaa” Graham; and Ana Zamora, director of the No on Prop 66 campaign, will gather for a press conference to warn voters about the impact of Prop 66.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. PT

WHERE: ACLU of Southern California, 1313 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

LIVESTREAM: Broadcast using Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/NoOnCAProp66

Willingham’s stepmother and cousin are also featured in an ad urging voters to vote No on Prop 66. The ad will be released on Thursday, September 15, on social media as part of the #66Reasons to vote #NoOn66 campaign. VIEW THE AD HERE.

“Texas executed my son for a crime he didn’t commit even though new evidence proved that he was innocent,” said Eugenia Willingham. “Flawed laws in Texas that make it difficult to introduce new evidence of innocence are responsible for my son’s death, and now California is poised to make the same mistake. Voters need to know that innocent people will be executed if Proposition 66 passes.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that Prop 66 will increase California’s risk of executing an innocent person,” said Barry Scheck, director of the Innocence Project.

For more information about Proposition 66: http://nooncaprop66.org/

For more information about Cameron Todd Willingham: http://www.innocenceproject.org/cameron-todd-willingham-wrongfully-convicted-and-executed-in-texas/

For more information about Ernest “Shujaa” Graham: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/node/4900#20

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:

  • Eugenia Willingham and Patricia Willingham Cox will be available between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 in Los Angeles
  • Barry Scheck will be available in Los Angeles on Thursday and in Sacramento on Friday.
  • Ernest “Shujaa” Graham will be available in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday.

To find out more about Proposition 66, or to schedule an interview, please contact Stefanie Faucher at 510-393-4549 or press@cafairjustice.org.

To get updates from the No on Prop 66 campaign, follow the campaign on Twitter or Facebook, or visit the website: http://nooncaprop66.org/.

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