My name is [name] from [state]. I'm calling on behalf of Pervis Payne, Keith Lamar, and Rocky Myers. I am asking that you commute their unjust death sentence to life without parole. They do not deserve to be executed and can still be punished for their crimes by living out the rest of their lives in prison. Thank you.
Links below listed in alphabetical order by name
What is the death penalty?
Capital punishment is defined as the legal execution of a criminal. The word capital comes from the Latin word for head, and in ancient times, capital punishment was often carried out by beheading. This method has never been used in America. But criminals have been put to death by shooting, hanging, electrocution, poison gas, and lethal injection. Today, all states with the death penalty use lethal injection (Constitutional Rights Foundation).
|Condemned / death row||has been sentenced to death and is awaiting execution|
|Capital crimes / capital offenses / capital felonies||crimes that are punishable by death|
|Prosecution||lawyers for the state|
|Motion||a formal request made to the judges|
|Federal||describing the central government, i.e. the United States government as opposed to the state governments|
The Trump Administration
Since 1988, only three federal executions had taken place before the Trump administration, all carried out by President George W. Bush.
From 2003 to 2019, there were zero federal executions in the United States (BBC).
In 2019, state executions were at an all-time low. Public favor for the death penalty has dwindled. In a
Gallup poll, 60% of Americans stated that they prefer life imprisonment to capital punishment (Gallup).
The first group of five death row inmates scheduled for execution in December 2019 were all white.
This second group of five death row inmates, in which Brandon Bernard is a part of, consists of four black men and one white woman.
If Trump succeeds in carrying out the remaining executions, he will have executed nearly a quarter of all federal death-row prisoners during his presidency (Independent).
December 10th - Brandon Bernard
December 11th - Alfred Bourgeois
January 12th - Lisa Montgomery
January 14th - Cory Johnson
January 15th - Dustin Higgs
Summary of each case (CNN):
Brandon Bernard was executed on December 10th by the federal government as the first of five scheduled federal executions to take place before the departure of the Trump administration.
He was the 10th person to be executed at the federal level since the revival of capital punishment announced in July 2019 by Attorney General William Barr.
He was also "the youngest person in the United States in nearly 70 years to be executed by the federal government for a crime committed when he was a teenager" (CNN).
His case gained national attention as people fought for his sentence to be commuted to life.
An archive of tweets calling for the abolition of the death penalty and/or containing additional information.
lets compare the two! one is white and killed 17 people and he is still alive. one is black and didn’t commit the crime and its been 20 years now he’s getting executed. do not ever tell me this country is fair. this country caters to white people pic.twitter.com/bA5wz4GPCy— shay ⁷ (@seokj1nswife) December 11, 2020
not american? me neither! but we can still sign these petitions without using fake zip codes which would risk jeopardising them:— abbie 💌 (@baekpaws) December 11, 2020
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