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Execution Log – 10/01/12-10/07/12: 10/03,Williams,PA

September 26, 2012

This log includes information about the one execution scheduled for next week, 10/01/12-10/07/12. 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.

PA       Terrance Williams            scheduled 10/03/12

You can e-mail Governor Tom Corbett at Governor@pa.gov

phone: 717-787-2500

Other Pennsylvania contacts:

 The Philadelphia Inquirer

oped@phillynews.com

phone: 215-854-2000

Tribune Review

opinion@tribweb.com

phone: 412-321-6460

 I ask you, Governor Corbett, to stop your state’s execution of Terrance Williams. Mr. Williams is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Pennsylvania next Wednesday, 10/03/12, for the 1984 killing of Amos Norwood.  If you go forward with this, it will be the first execution in your state in thirteen years, and the first contested execution in fifty years.

Recently discovered investigative notes in Mr. Williams’ case have shown definitively that prosecutors intentionally failed to disclose evidence that would likely have affected the sentencing phase.  Additionally, Homicide Sargent Dan Rosenstein intimidated a primary witness against Mr. Williams, threatening a murder charge if the witness did not support the theory of the crime proposed by the police and prosecutors.  Terrence Williams killed Amos Norwood in a blind rage triggered by Mr. Amos’ sexual abuse of Mr. Williams starting when he was thirteen years old.  This incontrovertible, and undisclosed, fact would have led to life in prison rather than death for Terrance Williams.  Regardless of the pending court decision regarding this new evidence, promised for Friday, 09/30/12, justice demands that you, Governor Corbett, commute Terrance Williams’ sentence of death to life in prison.

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 Corbett, stop this killing of Terrance Williams. 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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