Hall says that several weeks after Ferguson was executed, his family viewed a documentary, "Potosi: God in Death Row," that featured comments from Ferguson that "conveyed such genuine remore for the pain he caused both our family and his because of his horrible actions. The Hall family was able to forgive Ferguson as soon as they saw the film, and Mr. I'm convinced significant healing would have occurred for us all if our family had engaged in a frank conversation with him at the prison.
I wish I had had the chance -- consistent with my Christian beliefs -- to have told him in person that I forgave him for what he did to our innocent and precious daughter.
Hall writes "[t]he death penalty Risher, who is a church chaplain, says that "[t]here is no right way to grieve. Still, she does not believe a death sentence is appropriate. Risher, " My mom was killed in the Charleston shooting. In , Williamson was convicted and sentenced to death; Fritz received a life sentence. Eleven years later, the pair were exonerated when DNA testing excluded them as perpetrators and pointed to another man who had once been a suspect. It fit nothing we knew to be true.
The punishment fits the crime. Sheppard is serving on the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission , which is expected to make recommendations in on reforms to Oklahoma's death penalty.
Hendee, " Death penalty opponent says her 'guilt was awful' after men convicted of cousin's murder were proven innocent ," Omaha World-Herald, April 1, Mother of Murder Victim: Farah said, "I do not want my family to go through the years of trials and appeals that come with death-penalty cases.
We have endured enough pain and tragedy already. Capital punishment a waste of energy and money ," The Register Citizen," January 21, Bill and Denise Richards, parents of 8-year-old Martin Richards, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, issued a statement calling on federal prosecutors to drop the death penalty in exchange for termination of all appeals in the case.
We can never replace what was taken from us, but we can continue to get up every morning and fight another day. As long as the defendant is in the spotlight, we have no choice but to live a story told on his terms, not ours. The minute the defendant fades from our newspapers and TV screens is the minute we begin the process of rebuilding our lives and our family.
I choose to remember Sean for the light that he brought. Curley said he came to oppose the death penalty after the trials of the men who murdered his son convinced him that "the system is just not fair" and could not be trusted to reach the right result in capital cases. Curley expressed his belief that Tsarnaev should receive life without parole because a death sentence would mean endless appeals, but a life sentence would mean he would, "go away never to be heard from again.
Death Penalty for Tsarnaev ," necn news video , April 13, ; J. Colorado can do better by our corrections officials, and we can do much better by victims.
Autobee, " A terrible burden to victims' families ," Pueblo Chieftain, op-ed, February 10, We believe that justice is only served when the needs of those who have been harmed are met. The problem with the death penalty is that it maintains a focus on the murderer when the focus rightly belongs with the people the murderer has harmed.
However, this sentence sets into motion a decades-long process that the survivors must continue to live through. Being entrenched in a legal system can be harmful to anyone; to those suffering from traumatic grief, the injury is compounded. If we are serious about caring for the needs of victims, we will abandon the pretense of the death penalty and work for real solutions. Caron, " Time to eliminate the death penalty? Victim's Brother says Execution Left Him with "horror and emptiness" Ronald Carlson wanted vengeance when his sister was murdered in in Texas.
But when he witnessed the execution in of the person who committed the murder he changed his mind. Capital punishment only continues the violence that has a powerful, corrosive effect on society. Worth Star-Telegram, August 3, Murder Victims' Families Testify in Maryland on the Death Penalty Family members of murder victims testified before the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6 about the painful toll the death penalty has taken on their lives, stating that the resources spent on seeking death sentences could be better used elsewhere.
She continued, "The death penalty divides families at the very time they need each other the most. Vicki Schieber pictured , whose daughter was murdered in Philadelphia in , told the committee that years of death penalty appeals are excruciating to families.
We could cover all the uninsured. We could provide tuition assistance or drug treatment two or three times over. See Recent Legislation and Victims. For some, their faith in the criminal justice system has been shattered. Twelve years after being sentenced to life in prison for a rape and murder, Ochoa and Danziger were exonerated by DNA evidence. At the time of his arrest, Ochoa, after 15 hours of interrogation, gave a false confession to the police, who fed him facts and edited his final typed confession to match details of the crime.
In order to avoid the death penalty, Ochoa also told police that his friend Danziger was the one responsible for the murder. Another person, who was already in prison for other crimes, later confessed to the rape and murder in after a religious conversion. John Pray, co-director of the Innocence Project in Wisconsin, noted that false confessions are "a leading cause of wrongful convictions. One is very exhilarating, and the other is just downright depressing. Danziger, however, was severely beaten in prison and now suffers brain damage.
His settlements pay for his medical care. She wrote to both men, telling them how sorry she was. Popp asked the prosecutor not to seek the death penalty against the new defendant because she did not want her daughter's memory stained with someone's blood. Mother of Murder Victim Testifies at California Death Penalty Hearing At a hearing of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice held in Los Angeles, the mother of a murder victim testified about why she believed the death penalty does not serve victims' needs.
At first, Gayle pictured told the Commission, "The district attorney assured me that the execution of the man responsible for Catherine's murder would help me heal, and for many years I believed him.
Defense attorneys stated that transferring initial reviews would only make the process more cumbersome, and suggested that the state shorten the list of crimes that qualify for the death penalty instead. With inmates, California has the largest death row population in the country, and it can take as long as two decades for some inmates to complete their appeal. Gayle testified about her experiences with the death penalty at the hearings, including her requests to the D.
Jung, " Oregon death penalty 'indefensible,' says man who last carried it out ," Oregonian, February 26, Patricia Nuckles was murdered by Ivan Simpson in when she caught him robbing her home. He learned that Simpson was born in a mental hospital to a woman who later attempted to drown him and his siblings. Simpson and his brother escaped, but his mother succeeded in killing his sister. After learning this, Mr. Black and his wife asked the district attorney not to seek the death penalty against Ivan Simpson.
The link below has both the audio and text of Hector Black's statement. Manck sought to lessen the pain and frustration to the victims' family by sentencing a defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of the death penalty. In choosing a life sentence for Brandon Morris for the murder of correctional officer Jeffrey Wroten, Judge Manck noted that appeals in death penalty cases can stretch on for years. He cited one case that has been going on for 25 years and said that victims' families often must sit through painful retrials, listening to defendants "again, again and again.
However, Judge Manck noted, death penalty trials and appeals can last many years with multiple painful rehashings of the crime. He said, "It is an outrageous way to penalize victims.
He shot Wroten to death as he escaped from prison. Morris was apprehended by police shortly after his escape. Morris had waived his right to sentencing by a jury.
His daughter Deidre was murdered in , and the capital trials and appeals for the man convicted of the crime lasted another 8 years. The commission investigated many aspects of the death penalty including its impact on the families and friends of murder victims. The legislature is likely to vote on this issue next month. Victim's Family Members Seek Closure Through Life Sentence Nearly two decades after the robbery and murder of James Scanlon, his family now says that a sentence of life without parole for his killer - Ronald Rompilla - will end years of emotional strain resulting from the death penalty and will help them to start the healing process.
I t was time. I didn't think going after it again would be good for us as a family. A life sentence is as much closure as we can hope for," said Timothy Scanlon, James' son. Rompilla originally received a death sentence for the brutal crime, but the U. Supreme Court vacated it in , finding that his attorneys failed to properly research his history of childhood neglect, alcoholism, and mental retardation. In its decision, the Court told prosecutors to either agree to a life term for Rompilla or convene a new sentencing hearing where a new jury could decide death or life.
Scanlon's family made the final decision to seek a life sentence in exchange for Rompilla's agreement to waive all appeal rights in any court. M y family has been through this for 20 years. We didn't want to go through another appeals process for another 20 years," observed Timothy Scanlon, who voiced frustration with the death penalty appeals process and said he still supports the death penalty.
Rompilla received his life sentence plus consecutive to year sentences for robbery and burglary during a sentencing hearing on August Van Natten, Lehigh County chief deputy district attorney, said the sentencing agreement was reached based on the Scanlon's family wishes. The Morning Call, August 14, Victims and Law Enforcement Support Kentucky Death Penalty Review Legislation to establish a commission to examine Kentucky's death penalty and report its findings to the General Assembly has gained support from former law enforcement officials and victims' family members.
The bill, proposed by Rep. Tom Burch, would require the task force to review whether capital punishment deters crime, is applied fairly, and is still acceptable to the public.
It would mark the first time in four decades that the state has examined its death penalty laws. During a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing on the measure, Nancy Rowels, whose brother was murdered, said, "My personal preference would be that there be no more violence in my name.
Jesse Crenshaw, a former prosecutor who once supported capital punishment, said he supports Burch's measure. Crenshaw said his doubts about capital punishment came after defending a young man who was charged with capital murder but was cleared before trial.