Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Justice for Reggie Clemons

I was glad to see the news today that Missouri executions are on hold in the near future because of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of death by lethal injection. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Reggie Clemons, a death-row inmate here in MO. I'm glad Clemons wasn't executed as scheduled last week, but what Clemons really needs--and deserves--is a new trial.

Last Tuesday, June 16, I was privileged to be asked by the Human Rights Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph and Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty to lead a prayer service on behalf of Clemons. The date of the service was supposed to be the date Clemons was executed, but this lawsuit prevented--for now--the execution going forward.

The MADP has a page listing what people can do and providing facts about Clemons' case--and it's practically a textbook example of reasons our state's system of capital punishment is deeply flawed. Reasonable doubt is an understatement in Clemons' case. Clemons' family also has a site advocating for a new trial.
Grace and Peace,

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