FEATURED POST

In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

Image
IMPORTANT NOTICE: It seems that Google made a few changes to the way images are shown on Google-powered blogs. Pictures and links to social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) will no longer be loaded if you are using an ad blocker. Please be advised that no commercial activity whatsoever (ads, links, etc.) is conducted by DPN on their website. Ads, if any shown, are selected and inserted on this page by Google, not by DPN. Disable your ad blocker if pictures and/or videos are no longer shown on DPN pages. Please note that this may not apply to all browsers.

When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Florida: Parents of murdered woman seek end to executions

Florida's death chamber
The parents of a young woman who was killed chose to forgive his killer, and they want to stop executions in Florida.

Even before the Seminole Heights case, the debate over the death penalty has been an ongoing one in Florida for quite some time.

The last day of November marks the annual International Day of Cities for Life protests to put an end the death penalty.

Pushing in that fight for Florida are parents Andy and Kate Grosmaire. Their daughter, Ann, was shot and killed by her boyfriend Conor McBride after an argument.

It happened March 28, 2010. Ann was 19. She and McBride were dating for 3 years.

Charged with 1st-degree murder, McBride could have received the death penalty, but Grosmaire's parents plead with the state attorney to lessen his charge.

"Instead of turning to anger and bitterness, we forgave him for that," said mom Kate. "We worked with the state attorney to send him to prison for life."

Their appeal got him 20 years in prison instead, with 10 years probation.

"We worked through a process called restorative justice," she said. "We were able to sit down in a room and share with him what our daughter's loss meant to us and he was able to tell us the details of what happened that night."

By choosing to forgive their daughter's killer, they've joined the national movement to end the death penalty. The Cities for Life event for the Tampa Bay Area was held at St. Cecelia Church in Clearwater on Thursday.

While it's a moral issue for some supporters, for others its more about cost and racial inequality. Research claiming the cost of millions to taxpayers was provided by the group Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The Grosmaires say the better alternative is life without parole. The death penalty won't bring their daughter back or give her justice. Turning their pain into purpose, they hope their story will help others.

"To this day I still miss my daughter," father Andy said." Holidays are particularly very hard for us because one of our children is always missing at the table. It's a grieving process.

"It's not that we forget our loved ones but through forgiveness we are no longer tied to the person who has caused us so much harm."

In June. Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala made headlines for refusing to seek the death penalty in capital murder cases. In a news conference, she said the death penalty led to "chaos, uncertainty and turmoil" and "traps many victims, families in a decades-long cycle of uncertainty."

Gov. Rick Scott ended up reassigning her cases, a move upheld by Florida's Supreme Court.

Source: WTSP-TV news, November 30, 2017


⚑ | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!



"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed,
but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Iran: Man executed in public, with children watching

Ohio board rejects condemned man’s request for mercy

Cruel, Not Unusual: Iran Prosecutor Backs Off Hint Of Fewer 'Divine' Amputations

French drugs suspect facing possible death penalty escapes Indonesian jail

Proposed South Carolina bill would make electrocution main method of execution for death penalty inmates

Third US trial finds Spaniard guilty of murdering 3

The toll of 50 years on death row

Death by Fentanyl: Should the Powerful Opioid Be Used in Lethal Injections?

Iran: Three Men Hanged in Public

2 Saudis executed on murder charges