Texas death row inmate wants to stay execution and donate kidney

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Ramiro Gonzales is due to be executed July 13 for the 2001 rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in Medina County.

His attorneys say the idea of ​​Gonzales donating a kidney began with his correspondence with a cantor in Maryland who mentioned that a worshiper at his synagogue needed a donor. Gonzales volunteered.

His attorneys have filed several appeals, including one this week to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, seeking a 30-day reprieve so Gonzales can be a donor, which can be granted without a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Pardons.

Gonzales’ attorney, Thea Posel, said the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a procedure for incarcerated organ donation. He was examined and told that he was not a match for this person. “But he has a fairly rare blood type, which means he is an excellent candidate for donation as well as someone who could provide this life-saving treatment to someone who is on the waiting list. often longer than average if he has a rare blood type.” He is type B. He cannot donate once he has been executed. “We really hope he had the opportunity. It’s really important for him from a religious point of view. It’s an opportunity for atonement, and it could be a way for him to make amends. “

She says it’s something she’s never heard before since becoming a lawyer. Posel says “When he’s ready and willing and has already passed all the medical screening tests, I think it would be a travesty to prevent that from happening.”

They also filed a petition with the Court of Criminal Appeal. Posel says his original habeas petition was poor. “His first shot, his only shot in state court, was a disaster. The document filed in his name was nine pages long. These initial Habeas Corpus writs are often hundreds of pages with dozens of exhibits. is really your only chance to present new facts in the legal process. This particular process is based on new facts and therefore requires an investigation. She says that her attorney has not done any investigation and has not been allowed to present new facts in court.

The request raises the allegation that the state’s death sentence was obtained based on future dangerousness testimony from a psychiatrist who testified that Gonzales suffered from anti-personality disorder and based his opinion that Ramiro is said to be a future danger on an inmate’s now retracted testimony. She says the doctor now admits he was wrong and doesn’t believe Gonzales would be a future danger. “His death sentence is unreliable not only because it was based on this false information, but this false information was also influenced by the fact that he was 71 days past his 18th birthday when the crime occurred. , so he was barely constitutionally eligible for the death penalty.” She says there is a national consensus against imposing the death penalty on anyone under the age of 21.”

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