We've got one coming up next week that has gotten a great deal of attention. One of the problems with protesting an execution is that all of them get protested by certain groups organized for the purpose, which makes it hard to generate interest when there may be genuine doubts about the guilt of the accused.
Is it important, or telling, when a case is successful in generating broad interest in opposing the court's findings? The New York Times seems to believe that the reason there is so much interest in this case is primarily the success of the media campaign, and only secondarily the questions the case raises.
The victim of the killing was a Savannah police officer. His mother believes the verdict is just:
His mother, Anneliese MacPhail, called the widespread rallies "a circus," saying, "It makes me angry. They better learn that he is guilty."
She believes the case is being used by death penalty opponents to futher their cause regardless of the facts.
"It's not being told in an honest way," said MacPhail, 77, of Columbus.
If you feel qualified to express an opinion on the subject, you may reach the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles at the address provided here. The United Church of Christ, like the Pope, is among those urging that the execution be set aside; indeed, UCC believes that the accused should be pardoned outright.