Man Put to Rest 15 Years After Conviction

by SamanthaW on January 30, 2017 - 10:03am

 

January 27th, 2017
 
 
A man by the name Terry Edwards, 43 years old, has been executed in Huntsville, Texas over the course
 
of last week due to a sandwich shop holdup gone wrong that happened back in 2002.
 
There were two victims, shot by a gun which was given to Edwards by a man who went by the name "T-
 
Bone". With further investigations, cops have revealed the identity of "T-Bone" being Edwards' cousin.
 
Lawyers wanted to re-open the case. There was no concrete evidence that Edwards was the actual
 
shooter. There were some potential reasons why he was appointed as being guilty, mainly because he
 
was black.
 
The case never got the chance to be re-opened, Edwards life had already been taken, by a sedative. He
 
was pronounced dead at 10:17pm, CST on January 26th, 2017.
 
 
 
Article written by, Michael Garczyk

Comments

Very interesting summary and good writing. However, it would have been nice to have a little more information about the case. You also forgot to tell us how we could help resolve this issue.

This is an interesting case, and quite the dilemma. Firstly, there's the issue that the case was not reopened because of the race of the suspect. While he was definitely the one who did the holdup, he did not necessarily shoot the two people who died that day. However, an article from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shane-claiborne/unequal-justice-under-the_...) mentions that the entire jury was composed of white people (and chosen because of their skin color). This means that the jury, who would already have given a harsh sentence for the charges of robbery, since Mr. Edwards was black, was also less likely to believe he was innocent on the charges of murder because the two victims were also white. This addresses the issue of fairness in the justice system in the United States. The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by the United Nations (http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html), mentions that everyone has a right to a fair trial and to an impartial jury (https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/sixth_amendment). Of course, the process which decides who is to be placed on the jury panel is considered to choose impartial jurors, but the race factor is one which is not often kept in mind. White people are, of course, more likely to be more severe with black suspects' sentences, simply because of racial bias. And unfortunately for Mr. Edwards, the people who sentenced him to death all had this bias, which could maybe even be called discrimination, in this case.

Another important point about this case is that it took so long for the convict to be actually executed: 15 years, as you mentioned. This is definitely a cruel punishment, since, at this point, the sentence is not only the death row, but also 15 years in prison, without chance of parole, of course. Contrary to the 'right to a speedy trial' clause in the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, there is not much information about the right to be punished quickly, which sounds funky in the case of the death row, but a lot of convicts prefer that. There is a reason why the death penalty takes so long to be performed, though. When the death sentence is pronounced, cases automatically go to the highest State Courts, and most of them also go to the Federal Court. This makes sense, as this is the harshest sentence and the judge has to be certain of this decision. This is a good thing; we wouldn't want someone to be wrongly executed, but this sort of defeats the purpose of the death penalty, and makes the whole process very costly, when it could simply be replaced with a life sentence.

To begin with, I think you chose a very interesting and controversial topic. I’d now like to make a special mention to your title: It is fairly clear and is a great one-liner to summarize your whole following article. It gives us a good idea of what your text is going to be about and it catches the attention. It leaves us wanting to know more about the “man put to rest 15 years after conviction” and therefore makes us click and your link naturally and read your following content.

However, I noticed the omission of saying how a regular person could affect this issue and some basic details about the article you summarized.

Firstly, suggesting how a regular person could affect this issue is very much subjective, given the delicacy of the topic. Nonetheless, my personal suggestion would be to fight this cause peacefully, given the fact that I am in opposition to this idea. For example, signing petitions against the death sentence. A regular person could also organize a walk to raise awareness to the authorities, like the one recently done for women’s rights in Washington DC.

On another level, I tried to take a look at the article you summarized and the link didn’t work and I could not find your article by myself on The Gazette. This shows the importance of quoting in-text the name of the author, article and date of publication. This way, I could of researched it and read it on my own. Now otherwise, I’m unable to determine the legitimacy of your article and make sure it is not a “fake news”.

To check the reliability of your summary, I found another article regarding Terry Edwards upsetting’s destiny. I found the article in National Post. It is called “Terry Edwards executed in Texas for deadly 2002 sandwich shop holdup: ‘I hope y’all find peace in this’” and was published on January 27th, 2017 by Michael Graczyk. It indeed related the same events as you did. Now to make sure both of the facts we found are reliable, I looked up Michael Graczyk’s experience in the industry of journalism. Graczyk is the representative of his company to witness the executions in Texas especially. His count of witnessed executions goes up to 300. Given the fact that this author is specialized in executions writing, more specifically in Texas, I think he was perfectly qualified to relate the story of Terry Edwards. The recent date also demonstrates the accuracy.

Source:http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/terry-edwards-executed-in-texas-...

Your news summary was very interesting. Good choice of title it really caught my attention. Your summary was short, making it easier and more interesting for the readers. However, it might have been a bit too short. If I were to write on this report I would have added more details about what happened before and during the holdup.
According to NY Daily News, Terry Edward was an ex-employee of the Subway sandwich shop. He was fired for stealing money from the cash register. Evidence showed that an employee and store manager were both killed during the 3000$ holdup. Also, Terry Edward was found with the murder weapon and the money according to Ny Daily news. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/terry-edwards-convicted-texas-s...
The state of Texas, maintains the most active execution chamber in the nation. The problem with the death penalty has led to the execution of innocent people. There has only been a handful of cases were people have won exoneration of death row. Personally, I’ve heard over the years about multiple stories of injustice cases were people were found guilty for crimes they did not commit. Innocent people going to jail for years or even being executed for others crimes.
As a student that would like to practice law this article relates to me in the sense that one day I might have to defend someone being faced with penalties for a crime they did not commit or maybe I will defend a criminal that is guilty.

About the author

Samantha Williams, a Tourism student at Champlain College. Currently living on my own in Charlemagne. Planning on finishing my studies at Champlain, then go into Human Resources at Concordia. I love writing, playing sports, singing, painting, and volunteering where I may be needed.