Caryl Chessman - the convict whose appeals against the death sentence have saved him from the gas chamber seven times in the last 11 2/1 years - was filmed at San Quentin Prison, California, U.
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Background: Caryl Chessman - the convict whose appeals against the death sentence have saved him from the gas chamber seven times in the last 11 2/1 years - was filmed at San Quentin Prison, California, U.S.A. recently, just before his latest appeal succeeded in winning another delay, October 21. At the time of filming his execution was planned for October 23. Chessman has been in San Quentin since has 1948 conviction.
Under a Supreme Court ruling, 38-year-old Chessman now has sight days in which to bring another appeal. After hearing Chessman's application, the Supreme Court may then hear the case of the California State authorities, and the appeal may lead either to the death sentence being Quashed, or to a further delay of up to 2 years.
He was convicted for a series of armed robberies, sexual assaults and kidnapping. None of his victims were killed, but under California State law, kidnapping can be a capital offence.
During his time in prison, Chessman has been actively engaged fighting his long legal battle. He himself, has done most of the legal research work. During imprisonment, Chessman has written three books, one of which, "Cell 2245 - Death Row", became a best seller and was made into a film.