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` …… ….. II taut sauver Farley Matchetif DERSDERE FRAPKOISE ET CLAUDE 1#8tbA l UN VILLAGE DO CHER FINANCE LA D’UN MUNE CONDAIAN# NOIR. .; s quelques mois, se` -rie d’ar La Justice ulers tee salualent mubili Ame faveurde.FarleyMatthett, Nair t en 4.14 pries de Humville, s Telv.s. game nalist from Euronews said of Mari “Past its prime,” a French joure ie piacement a Saint te.,ro iln isci toei .re ratelrei transalantique sue Claire. The monthly women’s fashion ,.. s! .., itpir tis accix:sere , iuns tle risviascierew ti attr ce magazine does some good reporting, she F added. “But it’s mostly fashion, with some , surplace, le &stouts est loin news features, and sometimes it’s sensationalist.” ?r respect pour Cup,, pur e August’s issue fit that description, in particular -ifs wop, ..r d s, cm ras the department “Le monde en face,” which includes: “.q.une:es o ‘rt ilinfine arli7 a lead feature about the neglect of French women by mainstream medicine; a photo-driven essay about smart, 4, p tinter avocat de adapting to the birth control pill recently introduced there \(as a re hip, young Japanese women and their problems finding and atut ebeCia, leur rappelant CO s Fit! j et tr, u:tt , Ilett “xis ma vie? Semit-il Vitus le culon: e 47 Mumia Abu-Jamal, this country’s most celebrated death-row inmate. And a story about an episto vous donne Iks le lary relationship between a French woman and Robert Carter who was executed at Huntsville last poussenr a le tions since 1976. campaign to raise money for the defense of Farley Matchett, a 36-year-old African American convicted of killing a white man in 1991. The reporter, in a straightforward if somewhat editorial voice, describes Matchett’s trial as “a legal mas querade,” and “a process pushed through in five hours by a judge known as ‘the lynchman.'” Matchett, she writes, was con victed by a jury made up of eleven whites and one black. Not out of the ordinary in Texas, the reporter writes, where race is a big factor in who is prosecuted and executed. The Debedas have collected 50,000 francs for Matchett’s appeal, while an additional 300,000 francs have been collected as the effort grew beyond the village. Matchett is represented by Austin attorney David Botsford, although he is identified in the story only as “maitre Botsford, an attorney with a good reputation.” Execution stories have become background noise in the U.S. Perhaps the best hope for paying for legal counsel for death-row appeals lies in European “adoption” schemes similar to those that appear in American magazines where for a few cents per day an American couple can adopt a child in the Third World. How much to adopt a death-row convict in the U.S.? The Debedas even have the requisite photo of Matchett in their living room. “He could be one of our sons,” said the Mayor. + NOVEMBER 26, 1999 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 7 suit of Japanese women’s complaints that Viagra was approved in k. , is qtr >*. a rota mment &Tt Fir etch ‘ Japan in less than a year, while la pilule had been unavailable for four ns inemia, entiormi deux vg:tirne await la ovetru. Ufhee” which twenty years ago was a “new Nirvana known for culinary orgies and tor Da T998 Farley ies es du proe rid nights” and a long article on the death penalty in America. nbre 1 s Any article on the death penalty in America must inevitably find its way to Texas, _rvi sous m . ete exec and the report by journalist Nathalie Gathie is no exception. Two pages of the six-page dtp : cs, autem &homicides feature are dedicated to death in Texas, and the feature begins with a screened monochro matic image of the Texas death chamber. There’s little news here for anyone who pays any at utes pour le metkft re tention to the quotidian grind of the executioner’s machinery in the U.S. There’s a story about F capitalt sur year, while his French companion stood by as a witness. There’s also a box with statistics on U.S. execu What is newsworthy is Gathie’s report of a French village adopting a death-row inmate in Texas. exc ‘ ‘es :6:i Francoise Debeda and her husband Claude, who is the Mayor of their small French village began a local ,ocat .