An Open Letter to Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg: Let David Live

An Open Letter to Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg:

In both the general and run-off election, I was an ardent supporter of your campaign. The purpose of this letter is to ask you to withdraw the execution request and ask Governor Perry for a 30 day stay of execution for David Powell who is set to be executed Tuesday, June 15.

Heinous crimes occur, and heinous individuals exist, but the mentality of an eye for an eye is both scientifically imperfect and an antiquated system of justice. David Powell has been a model prisoner for 32 years after a meth-induced crime he was convicted of having committed years ago.

You told the Austin Chronicle that you “must obey” the orders of the three juries who convicted him. But I believe you must obey the course of justice.

The death penalty, as we have seen time and again, is not just.


3 Response to "An Open Letter to Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg: Let David Live"

  • Lani Rosales Says:

    FINALLY, something we can agree on, Rachel! This is atrocious- I've called and I "left a message" for her.

    Do you know of any email addresses that will make their way to her? The only one I can find is the records request... (DM me if you wanna)

    Thank you for covering this, I can't believe we're in a country that still allows this, it's frickin' barbaric.

  • Mean Rachel Says:

    Thanks, Lani. I think if I had to pick one thing to agree on with people who mostly disagree with me, this would be it. That and gay marriage. Anywho, yes, you can email our DA here:
    I sent her my letter too.

  • Deb Says:

    I've always been a fan of your spot-on analysis. What irks me most here is her statement she's just following orders, when she, and Ronnie, in fact, are the ones who SOUGHT the death penalty. And she continues to do so. We know already she will for the lost soul who killed Officer Padron.

    Meanwhile, Harris County has out-progressed us in a practical moratorium in seeking the death penalty.