Florida Death Penalty

6 Sep

—–Original Message—–

From: Kat
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 2:35 PM
To: Governor Charlie Crist


Dear Governor Crist:

Today Governor Perry, Chairwoman Owens and Members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Texas did a many great things. They saved the life of Kenneth Foster, and they saved themselves and their state from further ignominy, when they commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.

I, and countless others, have been working tirelessly towards this end. We were, however, unsuccessful in achieving this goal for two other inmates who were executed in Texas this same week.

I now ask you to think very hard about the laws of our state and our use of the death penalty. We, as a democracy and free people, are abusing our power when we use the law to exact a retribution that only compounds the act it seeks to mediate. Execution by the state is simply more murder condoned by law.

I do not want my state to commit murder against any person for any reason whatsoever, as I would not commit murder against any person for any reason whatsoever. All life is sacred and must be protected.

Please stop capital punishment in our state and please do it now! It reflects badly on our state, our country and on our humanity.



—–Original Message—–

From: Governor Charlie Crist
To: [Kat]
Date: 9/6/2007 8:34:40 AM


Dear Ms. [Kat]:

Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist. The Governor appreciates your concerns about the death penalty and asked me to respond on his behalf.

Governor Crist supports the death penalty as an appropriate form of punishment for those who commit the most heinous homicides. The Governor will oppose any measure that allows murderers to avoid Death Row. Governor Crist will faithfully discharge his responsibility to sign death warrants for those offenders whose cases are thoroughly reviewed by the courts.

Governor Crist also believes that the death penalty must be administered in a humane manner that complies with both state and federal law and constitutions. The Governor’s Commission on Administration of Lethal Injection published a series of recommendations regarding Florida’s death penalty protocols and procedures. The Governor is committed to incorporating needed changes into Florida’s execution process.

Citizens have the opportunity to influence legislation on this issue by contacting their local legislative delegation. You may wish to write to your senator or representative. Please be assured Governor Crist will remember your remarks when making his decision to sign or veto.

Thank you again for writing about this important issue.


Warren Davis
Office of Citizen Services

While I’m happy to see that Florida has finally decided to get rid of the electric chair, it’s so sad that this Governor has decided to stick to his “guns” in continuing support of capital punishment. I guess I’m just a left-wing liberal when it comes to legalized murder.

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