Monday, 20 January 2014

23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough: Clemency for Pascual Carpenter

Pascual Carpenter (along with six others) was convicted under the Felony-Murder Rule for his role as a lookout in the 1990 New York City subway robbery that resulted in the death of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. He has been in prison for the last 23 years.

This is a documentary about both Pascual's conviction and the much-criticized Felony-Murder Rule. The Felony-Murder Rules transfers culpability to accomplices for any death that occurs during certain felonies, regardless of the person's role in the crime. Pascual, an 18-year-old at the time of the offence, never foresaw, witnessed, aided, or concurred with any fatal aggression on that horrible night.

The release of 23 Reasons is timed to coincide with Pascual's supporter's petition campaign requesting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sign an Executive Clemency for Pascual.

Sign the petition now!