tv [untitled] September 16, 2012 1:30pm-2:00pm EDT
top stories now in this hour on a sixth day of fury shakes the muslim world as protests as across the globe rise against america following the release of a controversial film made to mark his life. and diplomats rushed to douse the flames and salvage tiny's with the muslim world and experts point to america's mideast policy as being responsible for the on the rest. plus europe is in the gulf with the protests once again people will be belt tightening measures to end every
million and a halt people in spanish in catalonia call for independence. and also reporting the u.s. sanctions against iran a failing to curb to iran's oil trade as heavy consumer nations are once again exempt from the measures. with a new team with more on this story for inhofe enough and in the meantime it's part two of the story of thomas mina an american who spent thirty years on death row and being taken for his execution ten times only to be told your death has been delayed . huntsville texas. the man who we are coming to see at the prison of when should have been dead a long time ago he was to be executed by lethal injection. a man sentenced to capital punishment more than twenty years ago for a crime which he has always denied.
alive has he changed will we recognize each other. hello to us for us here how are you this is him thomas miller. thank you. for. thomas and his amazing smile unchanged after so many years on death row the meeting is monitored closely next to us a warden and the man responsible for media in the prison we are being listened to. and are warned we are given precisely one hour to interview thomas our time is short and this. is necessary to see that. it's nice to be. quite a blessing in comparison to the situation that we were friends with. for at least twenty years how did you both these fourteen. years.
sometime we we sit and we took to think back and took to figure out exactly how it is that we persevered. in light of the tremendous moment motion psychological pressure that goes along with. such an extent then how can one keep it together for twenty years while waiting for his execution thomas miller was thirty four when he ended up in prison is now sixty one. his life should have ended here in a death row cemetery much like more than four hundred other people over the past twenty years in texas. when we met him one thousand years ago he said that he only thought about one thing. the day of his death. the minute he would be executed.
his medals made. the world the world's work to be do. you want to. know what is. the lethal injection. where you came. in give you a straight face this proves what you see that you want a little of this go away you know you want to. oh as he survives since one thousand nine hundred ninety four. it was with these words that thomas miller expressed his fear of execution and also all the questions about his case nineteen years he waited on death row nineteen years claiming his innocence. forcing you all right because it's about you know more than the. right way to go to
this creature a thrill. in a place you know this because this is you know. all right let's consider a deal to say. you know the city would be like everybody else all right and all this difference that it was. a black man accused of killing a white man. typical for texas. during that month of one thousand nine hundred four thomas miller was on the eve of his execution. to go through. the old word go. by. we were not to see each other again.
nary a what was the incident up landed thomas miller on death row. it was an enigmatic and complex case for which we need to go twenty six years back in time. our investigation first leads us to the newspaper archives of the dallas library. a crime among many others but this one went far deeper. vague police reports manipulation and the supreme power of a g disagree system anchored in social discrimination. the a merciless machine that hides its actions but which the miller case will trouble.
this. little is known about what thomas miller is accused of in the middle of the night criminals broke into a holiday inn on the outskirts of dallas they were after the cash register the holdup became a disaster. a young man died from numerous gunshot wounds he was the hotel receptionist. but what exactly happened on the night of november sixteenth one thousand nine hundred five one man may have an answer to this key question richard rayna is not just a detective a maverick. he also specializes in the counter investigations of death sentence cases. thanks to him that innocent inmates were freed after many years on death row . prison oh gosh i think the
better part of eleven years. right know they're free they're free everything they did was wrong. but there they go they didn't have any representation at all when you know what there. is there are prosecutors there are police officers. that's going to happen the problem is nobody hears very much of the truth. or justice they want to win you know they want to win this no matter what but this case it was incredible i made copies of every statement given by the. by the policeman. because certainly they had too many months where necessary to gain britches trust and now he is willing to show his work on the miller case that name is very familiar these or the convictions this is
a bank robbery that he supposedly did. this is what all the witnesses are going to testify to it so you you have all of that for even if this unique evidence enabled richard to form his own opinion. one that undermines the official version well. to argue that thomas was or was not there that's debatable but to actually come up with who did the shooting. we don't you know i can say without a doubt there is questions here you know who actually did the shooting. there were five people that night four man and a woman armed and parks near the hotel according to the police report it was about two am when the group entered the hotel went to the reception desk and asked the two employees for the cas register. hotel clark douglas walker refused to comply
he was shot dead at the age of twenty five these young colleague wounded is the only witness of the crime thomas miller is pointed as being the murderer of the young receptionist based soley on his testimony. richard is not satisfied with this official version at all only witness it was when you have it here you know you know this is irrefutable you know this is you know he clearly tells them that he came to identify he didn't see anyone he said i'm too tired i didn't see them. and the second time they show him a lineup he can't be absolutely sure. in then towards the end. he describes the other guy and then he describes thomas
in here when you have something like that and then you have. this story of the self contradicting president and only witness paul there to richard raina he now wants to know about the arrest. i think we're ok. five days after the crime it is in this quiet houston suburb that the police arrested thomas miller. this is the street where the shooting took place. actually the police were already waiting for thomas. at night when miller drove his car down a dead end the police ambushed him but they arrested and go as planned gunfire broke out. it is in front of this house
that the shooting took place. this is said ninety eight to fifty one. when he saw the police thomas miller tried to escape. he did try to get away through here. he was severely wounded by several gunshots he jumped on the car started running. and was shot. and. we just we could move his legs per hour. and then we heard. somebody say you see of the neighbors be the niggas be if you're a big kid. actually to me i told thomas that it certainly looked to me like he was supposed to been killed and that's the end of the story. and. but thomas didn't know that he didn't expect to
be. to be stabbed in the back by his friend. in fact thomas miller was denounced by his friend john hicks he confessed to the robbery but associated miller with the murder of the young hotel clerk. when you have a lot of people involved in a crime those that come to the prosecutor first and say. i don't want to be charged with murder i don't want to go. i will help you here is. from the outset thomas miller tonight any involvement in the crime in the end john hicks only served a few years in prison while miller was sentenced to death in this case you have witnesses that you have a witness a survivor of this is he came to identify and you have somebody save my life and
tell you that thomas did it. when you have. the both the investigation and the arrest still raise many questions with the police there is no doubt that thomas miller is guilty his punishment must be dead in march one thousand nine hundred eighty six in dallas he was sentenced to capital punishment by an almost all white jury. the judge was bill hill a man no one for his discrimination against black people. one young lady wants to know everything about this twenty year old trial. is thomas miller's daughter was just a child when he was sentenced. this is the first time she has returned to the hotel where her father was brought almost dying after his arrest. was only seven years
old i remember i was actually getting dressed for school and when i went into the role my mom was she was about to call me here and she was like do you know who that was that was on television. and she said that was your dad and at the time they were. the police department and i. sat and i was crying because i didn't want to go to school at that time. for years she didn't know anything about the case as her family kept. to show her the documents we along with her husband she hopes to find. you know that is. you see. these. people. shooting.
to see him. you can lose one of your. i was completely traumatized you know we you know. we were duped about three days to write a letter to our daughter. you know wife. number three you know when you're ready to write about it you just sit just you just write what we sit down and we start to write a letter but i want to hand you know because. you know. this is the first appearance of thomas after numerous years of isolation shot by a spanish television crew in one thousand nine hundred nine.
forty. eight you know. there are more than four hundred inmates alone. in a four square meters on this death row there are many black people many hispanic people and many people without lawyers they have nothing else to do but wait the more time goes by the more they drown in solitude time is never ending but death comes closer by the minute in the year one thousand nine hundred nine thomas is exhausted from waiting. did you execution date. is going to be up to you do. you get it will still give you execution date you. can't go to. court. a nightmare.
believe me. just a one to two execution date is enough for anybody to go through my life to a. high security prison. is found in the. all of the texan countryside in this death row has the highest number of executions in the us mimic which for an average of ten years before being executed. for a long time french activist sundry no shortage has been alongside thomas miller fighting against the death penalty and the horrors of waiting on death row on the shore of what we are on the road between byron ski prison where he said this for and one stage c t well the addiction room is zero down here is the last throes of people sentenced to death it is sad last chance to look outside and see nature and
. the father and their last chance to smell and feel because they've been a solitary confinement for so long. in other us. as i remember a man sentenced to death who said that as each breath he took his very own the road to death he heard he's heard it became louder and louder on this about the effect it was going to pass while exposing. thomas miller has been down this path many times. we just are crying your. we is gone you see what i'm doing you know don't let us lose all. because. february july i'm a vendor of ninety four may august and october of ninety five january april and july ninety six february two thousand and two every day just another delay for
miller death leaves ten times and then returns in thomas this case it's completely in human and and believe it or to have to go through this ten times in his life of well it is a never ending torture and we haunted him until his last days. delay. the execution that will take place behind these walls can happen the night before or even in the final few minutes. a bureaucratic error one last appeal by the lawyer or the mobilization of a few people may be enough to prevent this terrible and. while the wardens and witnesses arrive at walls the one who is to be executed is no longer master of the passage of time only one man stays close to him throughout his last hours. i was a chaplain and i was with ninety five it was to be with them to listen to them
to help them with their last letters to make telephone calls for them to ask or in their visitors their family or lawyers or anybody else and to be there when they needed something big or small whatever that would make them and i want to use word happy but that was what i wanted to. i was a stay right with him all day. there are three telephones in the room writing one from the governor one from the attorney general and when i was to telephone rang i knew that which. is the sign to go. and i'd say it's time to go. to lock it and i would lead him into this
to the death chamber stand right next to. a most them on me to hold their hands and i would hold that hand until they got to. where the executions had to put they bandaged them and then i would stand right five inches from their right way. and i was put my lie and all the way you know those. kind of stayed together after they were dated i . think we came with them maybe it was like our own or thirty minutes of something like that right. you know. it is a point that did we had reached where is that. we were happy you know to get it
over with you know because we would have an opportunity to. to finally get out of this place you know we seem like it's really it's horrible to watch somebody who doesn't know what death is. he was one of the few that. wrote to get prepared he was very cooperative and i think that he understood when and when he was there that was. i'm not anti-racist it can be you know more than fifty percent of the people who are executed texas are not. white. exhausted and appalled after sixteen years in the death pastor pickett left the prison administration and has chosen to fight it from the outside in a book he speaks of the atrocity of the system the racism and the execution of
innocents because of these radical opinions has been subject to threats and tax inquiries. the state of texas is not one to tolerate criticism of its ways and even if these executions do not help lower the crime rate these cowboys care for their reputation. even proudly promote the death penalty in a museum dedicated to it in huntsville one of best prisons. nothing is missing from the devotional movie describing life in prisons and the forced work of the inmates you may also specify that there is no air conditioning or intimacy in the cells no tourists are reassured security is at its highest level and the number of prosecutions is increasing. my goodness if people come from far away to see it's still an electric chair nicknamed old sparky it was discontinued in one
thousand nine hundred sixty four lethal injection has replaced it. oh yeah that's right you're going to paris. to see it. for shivering in the tourist can even play prisoner. so i say i'm not really. that. wealthy british style. markets why not canada. find out what's really happening to the global economy with max keiser for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into kinds a report.