Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst draws upon years of experience in music and film licensing to operate his own entertainment firm, Ashber Corporation, as president. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Bruce Furst supports the work of Amnesty International.
Among its many causes, Amnesty International focuses on abolishing the death penalty in societies across the globe. Through this work, the organization has engaged in a number of urgent action campaigns to either postpone or completely stop the execution of convicted individuals in the United States. Most recently, Amnesty International announced that it had achieved one such urgent action victory in Texas.
After calling upon its Urgent Action Network to send in appeals, the organization successfully influenced the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) to delay the death penalty of Clinton Young. In 2003, he was convicted of shooting and killing Samuel Petrey and placed on death row for the act.
During an appeals case in 2009, the TCCA concluded that witnesses had made false testimonies during his trial that had impeded due process. On the back of this decision, Young was authorized to submit another petition to the TCCA; this came on October 2, 2017, when his lawyers sent in a document that featured similar claims about false testimony. Young’s execution was originally set to take place on October 26, 2017, but the petitions and appeals ultimately caused the TCCA to suspend his sentence and send his case back to court.