The image of a British grandmother on death row in America is to be put on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in a plea to save her from execution.Not sure how that’s supposed to work. Unlike that famous (infamous?) bridge, we haven’t sold Trafalgar Square to the Yanks yet…
Linda Carty was sentenced to death in 2002 for abducting and murdering a mother, allegedly to steal her baby.Ah, yes. The ‘SODDI’ defence (Some Other Dude Did It).
She maintains she is innocent and says she was framed for the crime.
Well, kudos for thinking outside the box and not going with the totally-ridiculous ‘one armed man’ defence, I suppose…
On Thursday her supporters will erect a cardboard cut-out of her on the plinth used for temporary live statues in the London square.Seems appropriate – she’s ‘temporarily live’ herself...
They will play a recording she made in the Texas jail where, if appeals fail, she will be put to death by lethal injection.
Maybe if Damian Hirst or Gunther Von Hagen gets involved, they can display her pickled or plastinated corpse instead, after she gets the needle, of course.
In the message, she states: "Time is now running out and I appeal to every one of you and to the British government to please help me."I doubt it. But since some idiot’s put this platform up for all kinds of freaks and weirdoes, I don’t see how you can be blamed for utilising it too.
She adds: "I'm sorry if I sound like a desperate woman. I am desperate, because the British people may be my last hope. If they ask for my life to be spared, maybe Texas will listen."
Legal charity Reprieve described Ms Carty as the the most at-risk British national they are following. It is thought her execution could take place as early as next summer.Reprieve, of course, is the pressure group that employs the odious Clive Stafford-Smith, who has made a life’s work and a hell of a lot of self-aggrandising publicity out of pleading for the lives of convicted killers and campaigning against the death penalty.
It seems Linda Carty hasn’t been briefed on Brown very well by our Clive as she obviously thinks he’s a man who will face a direct question or tricky moral dilemma with courage and integrity:
Asked if she thought Prime Minister Gordon Brown could assert more pressure, she said: "He has to. You cannot sit passively by and because you have a good relationship with the US say 'I don't want to rock the boat'.Heh! Good luck with that.
"You are talking about somebody's life here. He has to get up and say 'I am not going to allow you to kill this lady'."
Frankly, I'd want Gordon nowhere near me if I was her, with his track record.
I mean, the Yanks are going to treat her a hell of a lot more humanely than she treated her victim, after all. If Gordon gets involved, they might just decide to return to old Sparky, or roast her alive over a pit of vipers...
Clive Stafford-Smith, director of legal charity Reprieve, said: "Linda Carty's speech to Trafalgar Square shows that she is a terrified woman, and with good reason. Texas plans to kill her by lethal injection, which is a painful and lonely death.The British Government has done all it can for her.
"The British government must do everything in its power to prevent Linda's death."
And even Gordon isn't dumb enough to want his fingerprints all over this one. Not after his last involvement in an international affair went so utterly, spectacularly wrong...