Stop the Execution of Ramiro Ibarra in Texas

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott

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Ramiro Ibarra was scheduled for execution in Texas on March 4, 2021 for the 1987 murder of Maria Zuniga. This executions date has been STAYED by order of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals pending a review of several matters. Please continue to sign this petition for use in the event that a new execution date is set. Thank you!

Ibarra and his attorneys believe that he has an intellectual disability and therefore ineligible for capital punishment under Supreme Court guidelines. Additionally, they are claiming Ibarra was denied legal assistance from the Mexican consulate following his arrest, a violation of Geneva Convention protections.

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 state executions, and in 2020 accounted for 3 of the 7 state executions.

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.

Petitions will be delivered on your behalf at 12:00 pm noon Central Time on March 1st.

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 stop the [Date to be Updated] execution of Ramiro Ibarra for the 1987 murder of Maria Zuniga.

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 the 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.

Thank you for time and attention to this urgent and serious matter.