Staff at an immigration centre where four men died warned bosses lives were at risk a YEAR before the first death, explosive new evidence reveals. As an official investigation into the scandal is set to begin, whistleblowers today claim the mental health of detainees has been seriously neglected.
They say refugee asylum seekers at Morton Hall in Lincolnshire are driven to self-harm and the brink of suicide as they are bullied by convicted criminals awaiting deportation – and even used to smuggle drugs around “no-go areas” in the centre.
The Texas prosecutor who sought the death penalty almost 20 years ago against a man who never killed anyone has now asked that his sentence be reduced to life in prison.
Lucy Wilke, now the Kerr County district attorney, was the prosecutor in the 1998 murder trial of Jeff Wood — a man whose scheduled execution last year prompted lawmakers to question when the state should put accomplices to death.
Although she originally decided to seek the death penalty for Wood, she later said in a letter to the prison parole board that “the penalty now appears to be excessive.”