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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has today stayed the execution of Clinton Young which had been set for the 26th of October.
The CCA issued an order remanding Mr. Young’s case to the trial court. The order centred around ‘false and misleading testimony [that] was introduced at his trial’ which has lead to a due process violation regarding Mr. Young. The reasons cited for the stay of execution were due to ‘last minute Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California.’ The full statement from The Federal Public Defender website is listed below.
Whilst news of Mr. Young’s stay of execution is welcomed, his long term future regarding the death penalty is far from certain.
Whilst the CCA has asked the trial court to resolve the due process violation against Mr. Young it did only contend that the ‘Applicant has only met the requirements of Article 11.071 § 5 regarding his first allegation, in which he contends that false or misleading testimony was introduced at trial’.
New evidence relating to Dr Christopher Palenik’s forensic findings have perhaps not been found to meet these requirements? Whilst this is not clear, Mr. Page’s ever changing testimony has been brought into question by the CCA. All eyes will now be on the trial court in question to see how it responds to the CCA’s demands. The time frame relating to when the trial court will hear Mr. Young’s case again is not yet known but we will be sure to keep the reading public informed of its intentions when they are indeed known to us.
For today though, we are just relieved that Mr. Young has been extended a potential olive branch.
October 18, 2017 3:15 PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mr. Clinton Young’s attorneys have released an official statement to the press. That statement is below in it’s entirety. Mr. Young is grateful for the Texas CCA decision and for the chance to prove his innocence. Mr. Young’s attorneys also comment here on the ongoing process and will respond separately to several questions we at BTR have forwarded. The work is by no means complete and Mr. Young and his team face a possibly arduous road ahead. We here at BTR support Mr. Young and his legal pursuits. We encourage you to join us in helping to set an innocent man free.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision in the case of Clinton Lee Young dated 0ctober 18, 2017.
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