Stop the Execution of John Ramirez in Texas

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott

John Ramirez was scheduled for execution in Texas on September 8th for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro. More than three hours after he was to be killed, he was granted a stay of execution by the US Supreme Court, pending arguments to be scheduled in October or November, 2021.

Ramirez is the third honorably discharged US Marine scheduled for execution this summer for crimes committed following their military service. Read perspectives on the execution of veterans here and here.

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Watch and share this short video about the case. Among those interviewed is the son of the victim in the case, who now opposes the execution.

See John Ramirez as the person he is today via this web page.

John Ramirez filed a lawsuit on August 13th seeking an order to allow his pastor to ritually "lay hands" on him during his execution. Read about that here. See the complaint here.

Texas' aggressive execution schedule marks it as an outlier in its use of the death penalty while the majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions. In 2019, Texas accounted for 9 of the nation's 22 executions, and in 2020 is expected to account for half of all executions, if not more.

Please sign the petition asking Governor Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to do everything within their power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Another batch of petitions will be delivered on your behalf at 9:00 am Central Time on September 7 and September 8, 2021.

If the execution is not halted, there will be a live execution vigil starting at 5pm CDT on September 8. Register for that, here.

Additionally, you may reach out now to the Board at bpp_clemency@tdcj.texas.gov and the Governor at https://gov.texas.gov/contact/ and (512) 463-1782. You can simply leave a voice message, or choose to speak to a representative if you prefer.

Please note: In Texas, the Governor does have limited power when it comes to the death penalty. But the story we are told that "it's out of the governor's hands," is only true if we allow it to be. Yes, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles must recommend clemency in that state in order for the Governor to grant clemency (mercy) by commuting a death sentence. But the fact is that the governor appoints the members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. He can choose to appoint members who will take valid claims and concerns more seriously, instead of acting like rubber-stamping gate-keepers. He can still use his position of power and influence to enact justice in the State of Texas.

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To: Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the [Date to be added if a new date is set] execution of John Ramirez for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.

We are concerned that while the vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, Texas has continued to go against trend by carrying on an aggressive execution schedule.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.