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Execution Log – 07/16/12-07/22/12: 07/18,Hearn,TX; 07/18,Hill,GA

July 11, 2012

    

This log includes information about the 2 executions scheduled for next week, 07/16/12-07/22/12. Here are copies of the e-mails I sent to people in states with scheduled executions asking them to intervene. Please e-mail, phone or fax appeals of your own. You are welcome to cut & paste.

TX       Yokamon Hearn            scheduled 07/18/12

You can e-mail Governor Rick Perry at his website: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact

phone: (512) 463 2000 (512) 463 2000

fax: (512) 463 1849

other Texas contacts:

Pardons and Paroles

phone: (512) 406 5852 (512) 406 5852

fax: (512) 467 0945

Austin American Statesman

e-dress: letters@statesman.com

phone: (512) 445-3667 (512) 445-3667

fax: (512) 445-3679

Houston Chronicle

e-dress: hci@chron.com

phone: (713) 220-7491 (713) 220-7491

I ask you, Governor Perry, to stop your state’s execution of Yokamon Hearn. Mr. Hearn is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Texas next Wednesday, 07/18/12, for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere after he and three codefendants carjacked him

Yokamon Hearn, just 19 year old at the time of this crime, suffers from a developmental mental disability that causes precisely the same behavioral disturbances that were noted as ‘mental retardation’ when the United States Supreme Court banned the execution of people so afflicted.  Medical experts who have examined Mr. Hearn say his condition was caused by his fetal alcohol syndrome at birth and ‘amounts to mental retardation’.  This condition renders its victims unable to understand the consequences of their behavior and thus ineligible for the death penalty.  In the United States of America, we treat our sick, we don’t kill them!  Governor Perry, you must stay this execution to allow time for your state to catch up to the requirements of humanity and the laws of our land!

Former Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, as well as myriads of scholars, can find no evidence that the death penalty deters capital crimes. In fact, the warden of the famous Sing Sing prison believes that the death penalty exacerbates the violence in his facility by setting an example of cold-blooded killing. Recent studies show that the largest increase in capital crimes is in the state of Texas, the state which executes the most people. As for vengeance, that is the Lord’s, not the government’s.

Please, Governor Perry, stop this killing of Yokamon Hearn. If this execution goes forward, look around this country for the black armbands worn, and the church bells tolled, in protest of this injustice.

Thank you.

GA       Warren Hill                                scheduled 07/18/12

You can e-mail Governor Nathan Deal at his website: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/email/0,2712,165937316,00.html

other Georgia contacts:

Pardons and Paroles Board

e-dress: Clemency_Information@pap.state.ga.us

phone:    (512) 406 5852

fax:           (512) 467 0945

Atlanta Journal Constitution

e-dress: letters@ajc.com

phone:    404-526-5151

fax:         404-526-5746

The Augusta Chronicle

e-dress: letters@augustachronicle.com

phone:    706-823-3366

fax:      706-722-7403

I ask you, Governor Deal, to use your political influence with Georgia’s Pardons and Paroles Board to stop Georgia’s execution of Warren Hill.  Mr.

Hill is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Georgia next Wednesday, 07/18/12, for the 1990 murder of Joseph Handspike, a fellow inmate.

Georgia is the only state in the United States of America that requires proof of mental retardation beyond a reasonable doubt.  Those states that still allow executions, and they are dwindling, require that the mental retardation exception established by the United States Supreme Court be invoked by a ‘preponderance of the evidence’.  This is precisely what the trial court in Mr. Hill’s case determined: that he was mentally retarded by a preponderance of the evidence.  Yet,  in contravention of the laws of our land and of justice itself, Georgia still intends to execute Mr. Hill next week.  Here is what a justice on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said:  “we hold that the conclusion reached by the Georgia Supreme Court — that the Eighth Amendment protects only those capital offenders whose retardation is ‘significant enough’ to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt — eviscerates the command of the Eighth Amendment that the mentally retarded shall not be executed.”  Less than a year after executing Troy Davis, who was likely innocent and the subject of a world-wide campaign for clemency, Georgia must not put itself on the wrong side of humanity and the law again!

Former Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, as well as myriads of scholars, can find no evidence that the death penalty deters capital crimes. In fact, the warden of the famous Sing Sing prison believes that the death penalty exacerbates the violence in his facility by setting an example of cold-blooded killing. Recent studies show that the largest increase in capital crimes is in the state of Texas, the state which executes the most people. As for vengeance, that is the Lord’s, not the government’s.

Please, Governor Deal, help stop this killing of Warren Hill.  If this execution goes forward, look around this country and the world for the black armbands worn, and the church bells tolled, in protest of this injustice.

Thank
you.

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