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Execution Log – 05/06/13-05/12/13: 05/07,Parr,TX; Manning,MS

May 6, 2013

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       Carroll Parr                                scheduled 05/07/2013

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

phone: (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 Carroll Parr. Mr. Parr is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Texas next Tuesday, 05/07/2013, for the 2003 murder of Joel Dominguez in drug deal gone wrong.

Carroll Parr lived through the most horrendous childhood imaginable.  His mother drank excessively all through her pregnancy, and at his arrival a vicious cycle of abuse ensued at the hands of his mother, father and older sister.  This steady diet of violence had Mr. Parr as a child ‘rocking back and forth and hitting his head against things’ per his sister.  On his own at 11, he drifted into drug dealing.  The murder of which he was convicted took place during a drug deal that ended as a robbery.  It is clear, Governor Perry, that Carroll Parr needs rehabilitation, not a poison needle.  You must stay this execution so your state can provide Mr. Parr the true justice he deserves.

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 Carroll Parr. 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.

MS       Willie Manning                           scheduled 05/07/13

You can contact Governor Phil Bryant at his website: http://www.governorbryant.com/contact/

Other Mississippi contacts:

The Clarion Ledger

e-dress: dhampton@jackson.gannett.com

phone: 601-961-7240

fax: 601-961-7211

The Jackson Advocate

e-dress: jadvocad@aol.com

phone: 601-948-4122

fax: 601-948-4125

I ask you, Governor Bryant, to stop your state’s execution of Willie Manning. Mr. Manning is scheduled to be poisoned by the government of Mississippi tomorrow, 05/07/13, for the 1990 murders of Carl Parker, Mr. Parker’s wife, Bobbie Jo, and their son, Gregory.

There is so much wrong with this case, Governor Bryant.  There is no physical evidence linking Mr. Manning to this crime.  DNA evidence found at the scene was inconclusive as to his presence.  A jailhouse snitch who testified that Mr. Manning confessed the crime to him has since recanted, saying he was motivated to lie by inducements from the prosecutors.  Finally, the record  of jury selection in this case reveals a systematic effort by the prosecution to exclude blacks.  With all that, Willie Manning is asking only that he be provided new, more sophisticated DNA testing that could decide this issue one way of other.  If you need additional justification for staying this execution, please review the letter sent last weekend from a Justice Department official to the local district attorney saying that a review uncovered “erroneous statements” in evidence used to convict Mr. Manning.  Governor Bryant, in the interests of justice, law and humanity you must stay this execution!

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 Bryant, stop this killing of Willie Manning. If this execution goes forward, look around this country for the black wristbands worn, and the church bells tolled, in protest of this injustice.

Thank you.

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