Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner September 30. She did not pull the trigger and was absent from the murder scene
On September 30, 2015, Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner. She did not pull the trigger, but convinced someone else to do so. She was absent from the murder scene.
I have several times blogged against the death penalty. Seeing an execution being carried out against someone who did not pull the trigger and was not at the murder scene is all the more disturbing.
Here are some more items to consider:
– Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole apparently is the only Georgia body permitted to commute a death sentence, and denied Ms. Gissendaner relief. The ultimate punishment of the death penalty cries out for governors to have such commutation authority.
– Ms. Gissendaner metamorphosized spiritually in prison, to the point that she was an inspiration to other inmates.
– Clearly the calls from the Pope and other religious leaders for clemency for Ms. Gissendaner were heard by the state Board of Pardons and Parole.
– What happens if a person lies that another convinced the shooter to commit a murder? Do we really want to risk such wrongful death sentences?
– Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only Supreme Court justice to vote to stay Ms. Gissendaner’s execution, the day before she was executed.