Tuesday May 21, 2013
US/Pennsylvania: Commute Terrance Williams' Death SentenceLeter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
William Nicholas Gomes appeals for the life of a death row inmate in Pennsylvania.
(SALEM) - How could it be that the U.S. state known for its role in the Revolutionary War; where the Marine Corps and so many other important organizations and national documents were drafted, be a national embarrassment with regard to courtroom practices?
Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state that makes a practice of not informing juries that the alternative to a death sentence is a life without parole sentence. To this day, Pennsylvania continues to withhold this information from juries.
It's bad news for Terrance Williams, a man on death row for a crime he committed just after turning 18.
In his letter to Jim Cawley, Lieutenant Governor and Chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Pardons in Harrisburg, our Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes cites the large number of reasons that the death penalty is failing to make sense today, more than ever.
Black men being put to death... statistics show that they are more likely to be executed than those of other races and if the victim in a crime is White and the suspect Black, the odds that they will face the death penalty rises incrementally, according to statistics.
There are many reasons that people lose control of their actions and turn to violence and crime. In the case of Terrance Williams, we are discussing the life of a terribly abused child who was made keenly aware of the impact violence carries. It is time for this state of such major American history to raise the bar and spare the life of this man who is as much a victim of this society, as he is a threat to it.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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