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.