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GREG (Tony) WRIGHT WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED & EXECUTED in TEXAS, Oct. 30th 2008! 

2017
In October this year, the 9th anniversary of Greg's wrongful sentence and execution, we will again celebrate the essence of the man who gave so much to his friends but was robbed of his freedom and life by the broken machinery of death that goes by the wholly inappropriate title of "justice" in Texas and other States in the US. Our hurt at his treatment is undiminished as the years pass. Our determination to continue to fight back against the wrongs, still perpetuated upon so many others including some of Greg's contemporaries in Polunsky and similar institutions throughout much of the US, is still strong, but slowly the tide is turning. Since Greg's death, some state's have abolished the death penalty, others have largely confined it to virtual disuse, more are debating its future given the evidence of falling public and jury support.
To mark these trends and events we urge friends of Greg and of other inmates - past, present and future - to support those organizations which are fighting 24/7 to help them and their attorneys in seeking new evidence to support claims of innocence and/or judicial error, and so to expose the death penalty process for what it is - a dangerously broken system that represents neither Justice nor Truth in this 21st Century.
We therefore ask you to visit our new CHARITY ART GALLERY (coming soon) via which you can appreciate the artistic talents of death row inmates and make DONATIONS to our chosen partner Human Rights organization: "SAVE Innocents" for and in memory of all our friends trapped by the broken  and unnecessary "Machinery of Death".

2011
October 30th   On the 3rd Anniversary of Greg's death, we pay our respects again to a dear friend. Please join with us, in your homes or place of worship, with our annual candle vigil when we reflect on the happy times we shared with him, as well as the continuing sadness we feel for the immense wrongs he was forced to suffer.  As you do so, you might wish to read again the wonderful tributes paid to him  here.
To mark this anniversary, and to help others understand why his death was so wrong, Bente & I have released new editions of the books:
Texas, he was INNOCENT and Texas, I was INNOCENT, this time through Lulu Press.

Bente's book is a very personal account both of her friendship with Greg, and the highs and lows of the legal process that was endured in this time. It concludes with a heartfelt description of those final hours during her visit to Texas to support Greg and his family, and to pay witness to the execution. It continues with the story of Connie's trip back with her to Norway following Greg's burial, and the warm reception given to Connie by pupils of Aglo school who had heard so much about Greg, and shared the fight to save his life. Many of them had written to Greg over the years and had received personal messages back from him. It was to be a celebration and tribute to the life of an innocent man. Connie adds her own tribute in a final chapter.
My book concentrates on the conversations Greg and I shared over the three and a half years of our friendship, and adds to the insight into the character and spirit of a man trapped but always fighting back against the legal snare which is the broken death penalty instrument in Texas and other parts of the US.
Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Breyer, has said that "[Evidence of possible or probable innocence is not enough], it is necessary to have proof that someone else has had to pull the trigger... [in order for the Supreme Court to intervene]".  Although he was speaking in the context of the recent Troy Davis case, and the recantation of witness statements, this position of the Supreme Court shows the impossible barrier Greg faced, in spite of substantial new evidence, to achieve the opportunity for a new trial and his freedom. Millions of people in America and around the world, reject this position of the Supreme Court, and demand that it accepts its responsibility to ensure justice for innocent men and women on death row. It is time to abolish the death penalty.




Finally we reference once again Greg's own words:

“There has been a lot of confusion on who done this. I know you all want closure. Donna had her Christianity intact when she died. She never went to a drug house. John Adams lied. He went to the police and told them a story. He made deals and sold stuff to keep from going to prison. I left the house, and I left him there. My only act or involvement was not telling on him. John Adams is the one that killed Donna Vick. I took a polygraph and passed. John Adams never volunteered to take one. I have done everything in my power. Donna Vick helped me; she took me off the street. I was a truck driver; my CDL was still active. Donna gave me everything I could ask for. I helped her around the yard. I helped her around the house. She asked if there were anyone else to help. I am a Christian myself, so I told her about John Adam. We picked him up at a dope house. I did not know he was a career criminal. When we got to the house he was jonesin for drugs. He has to go to Dallas. I was in the bathroom when he attacked. I am deaf in one ear and I thought the T.V. was up too loud. I ran in to the bedroom. By the time I came in, when I tried to help her, with first aid, it was too late. The veins were cut on her throat. He stabbed her in her heart, and that's what killed her. I told John Adams, "turn yourself in or hit the high road." I owed him a favor because he pulled someone off my back. I was in a fight downtown. Two or three days later he turned on me. I have done everything to prove my innocence. Before you is an innocent man. I love my family. I'll be waiting on ya'll. I'm finished talking.”
   Gregory Wright, Oct. 30th, 2008
   
Link to Greg's Polygraph        Link to Greg's Certificates
Link to co-accused confession
Download this open letter   

Enquiries concerning the legal battle for Greg's life can be addressed to peter@freegregwright.com
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