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Sign the Petition!
We wanted to make sure you saw the below message from our friend and colleague, Sue Osthoff at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. Sue urges us to take action to help stop the execution of Terrance Williams, which is scheduled in Pennsylvania next month.
In a related matter, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput today reiterated the Catholic position calling for an end to executions in Pennsylvania.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We need your help to stop the execution of Terrance Williams a Pennsylvania man scheduled to be executed on October 3rd. Mr. Williams had just turned 18 when he killed a man who had been sexually abusing him for years. We are seeking signatures on a petition urging the PA Board of Pardons and the Governor to do the right thing and commute Mr. Williams’ death sentence to life (without parole).
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women is supporting Mr. Williams’ bid for clemency because, like other victims of abuse whom we assist, Mr. Williams’ victimization was not investigated or presented to the jury, nor did the jury know that the decedent sexually assaulted Mr. Williams many times, including violently raping him the night before the incident. Several jurors have stated in affidavits that had they known about the abuse, they would not have voted to sentence Mr. Williams to death.
We must stop this terrible injustice. Help persuade the Board of Pardons and Governor to commute Mr. William’s sentence from death to life by signing the petition.
For more information about the case and to sign the petition go to: http://www.terrywilliamsclemency.com/ You will find the petition on the “Petition for Clemency” tab on the right side of the page underneath the photo.
A story that appeared last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer includes information about why the decedent’s widow does not wish to see Mr. Williams executed.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, feel free to contact me.
Thank you in advance.
Sue Osthoff, Director
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
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