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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Richard Branson adds voice to execution opposition

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Richard Branson adds voice to execution opposition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – British billionaire Richard Branson took out a full-page ad in The Oklahoman newspaper urging the state to stop the planned execution of an inmate who argues he’s innocent. The Virgin Group founder placed the ad in Wednesday editions, the same day Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed for ordering the 1997 […]

Richard Branson adds voice to execution opposition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – British billionaire Richard Branson took out a full-page ad in The Oklahoman newspaper urging the state to stop the planned execution of an inmate who argues he’s innocent.

The Virgin Group founder placed the ad in Wednesday editions, the same day Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed for ordering the 1997 killing of a motel owner in Oklahoma City. The notice is also posted on Branson’s blog.

The ad encourages residents to contact Gov. Mary Fallin’s office and request a 60-day stay of execution. The ad says there is a “breathtaking” lack of evidence in the case, and that Glossip deserves more time to prove his innocence.

Branson is the latest high-profile person to come out against Glossip’s execution. Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon and death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean also have taken up Glossip’s cause.

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