My friend Tara at I Might Need a Nap says so eloquently what I haven’t had the courage or ability to say. All life is sacred. It is time we rethink Capital Punishment. It is beyond time.
In September 2011 I heard a name I’d not heard before. I heard it on the radio, saw it on Facebook.
This young man only three weeks older than I am was convicted for the August 19, 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, a police officer in Savannah, Georgia. His execution was scheduled for September 21. That day my heart was very heavy. He had been denied clemency, but his execution did not happen at 7 p.m. as scheduled. The Supreme Court was reviewing his case.
I sat on the edge of the bed in my dimly lit room. My children were all asleep, the youngest piled in next to me. The Fella was out of town for work and had been for quite some time. I was alone, fervently praying for someone to save this man’s life, all the while fearing the worst.
In that moment, I realized…
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