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Monday, April 23, 2018

Barbara Allen, Canada

Barbara Allen’s Uncle, Stan Faulder, a Canadian foreign national was executed on June 17th, 1999 in Huntsville. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1977 for the capital murder of Inez Philips Gladewater, TX in 1975.

He was convicted and sentenced to death again upon appeal in 1981. His family knew nothing of his plight until November of 1991 when he was facing his first execution date, one of ten. The Canadian government knew nothing of his situation until March of 1992. Sandra Babcock his appellate lawyer contacted my mother at her work place in Jasper, Alberta Canada and our journey began.

We learned that he had become a prison chaplain in 1981 while he searched for answers to why and how he found his way to death row.

One of the strongest and most compelling of Stan's legal arguments was the issue of the violation of Article 6 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs which affords the rights of foreign nationals detained in foreign countries, which are signators to the convention, to seek assistance from their espective consulates. Stan was never made aware of this and because of this breach his legal defense was woefully inadequate. No mitigating factors were presented and he was convicted and sentenced to death.

There is no doubt that with assistance from Canadian authorities and subsequently family and friends that he might have mounted an adequate legal defense that would have had a much less egregious result.

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