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Execution Log – 09/17/12-08/12/12: 09/20,Palmer,OH; 09/20,Harris,TX

September 17, 2012

This log includes information about the two executions scheduled for next week, 09/17/12-09/23/12. 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.

OH       Donald Palmer            scheduled 09/20/12

You can e-mail Governor John Kasich at his ‘Share Your Ideas’ website: http://governor.ohio.gov/ShareYourIdeas.aspx

phone: 614-466-3555
fax: 614-466-9354

 Other Ohio contacts:

The Columbus Dispatch

e-dress: dcarson@dispatch.com

phone: (614) 461 5000
fax: (614) 461 7580

Cincinnati Enquirer

website: enquirer.com/editor/letters.html
phone: (513) 721 2700

 I ask you, Governor Kasich, to stop your state’s execution of Donald Palmer. Mr. Palmer is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Ohio next Thursday, 09/20/12, for the 1989 murders of two men, Charles Sponholz and Steven Vargo, in a road rage incident.

Mr. Palmer is bereft at the tragedy his actions have brought to the families of the victim’s.  He confessed to committing this crime under the control of a fit of road rage, shooting the driver of the car with which he had a traffic accident and then killing the driver of a car who stopped to offer assistance.  Donald Palmer is using your state government to accomplish ‘suicide by cop’.  He has steadfastly refused to avail himself of further evaluation of the crime, including ignoring the request for an interview by your state’s clemency board.  Governor Kasich, this case must be subjected to further scrutiny before you sacrifice a human life;  Ohio cannot be complicit in Donald Palmer’s suicide.

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 Kasich, stop this killing of Donald Palmer. 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.

 

 

TX       Robert Harris             scheduled 09/20/12

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

fax: (512) 467 0945

 Austin American Statesman

e-dress: letters@statesman.com

phone: (512) 445-3667

fax: (512) 445-3679

 Houston Chronicle

e-dress: hci@chron.com

phone: (713) 220-7491

I ask you, Governor Perry, to stop your state’s execution of Robert Harris. Mr. Harris is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Texas next Thursday, 09/20/12, for the 2000 murder of two people at a carwash from which he’d been fired three days before.

Robert Harris has not yet received his federally guaranteed fair trial.  His trial attorneys presented not a single witness, nor did they mount any investigation of mitigating circumstances.  Further, Mr. Harris is demonstrably mentally incompetent, having recently tested below 70 and earlier in his life at 71.  Finally, an all-white jury was constructed by focused strikes of blacks during jury selection, a practice outlawed by the United States Supreme Court.  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 Robert Harris. 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.

 

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