What would you ask Governor Bill Haslam about the TN Death Penalty?

Listen to this 21-second statement by Governor Haslam on Tennessee’s unprecedented drive to execute 10 people over a period of 19 months.

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10 thoughts on “What would you ask Governor Bill Haslam about the TN Death Penalty?

  1. You seem to listen to those who say they do not want their tax money used to feed the poor or provide people with medical care? What do you have to say to those of us who don’t want our tax money used to kill people?

  2. What do we really know about the impact of execution on the young, the developmentally disabled, or the impaired? Doesn’t research show these are the populations most likely to commit murder?

  3. Governor Haslam: you have said that you believe human life is sacred. Does that include all of human life? You say that you are following the policy that has always been in place. What if that policy is wrong? Do you really think the best response to death is more death?

  4. Dear Gov.Haslam, A heavy responsibility has been placed on your shoulders – the power of life or death. I am sure that is not easy.
    I have two questions:
    1. Nationwide over 140 men have been found innocent and freed from death row based on DNA evidence, faulty trials, withheld evidence. Can you in good conscience send these men to death without being certain they are guilty?
    2. Our daughter was murdered in Atlanta in 2012. With God’s help I got past my anger and hatred and saw him as a human being who had done a terrible thing. My wife and I forgave him and visited him in his Georgia prison. He is not the same person who killed. I now visit men on death row in Nashville. None of the men on death row are the same people who murdered (assuming that they are guilty). The death penalty is an act of revenge. As a person who tries to follow the teachings of Jesus, I am asked to love my enemies, to forgive seventy times seven, to show compassion.
    Thanks you for your consideration of my letter.
    Hector Black, Cookeville, TN

  5. Last year, the Nashville Public Defender stated that it was unable to take on new capital cases because of understaffing and underfunding. Why do we still practice capital punishment if we can’t afford to provide legal counsel for poor people facing a capital trial?

  6. Why is Tennessee rushing to execute these ten men in less than two years when we haven’t executed 6 prisoners in the last 40 years?

  7. Gov. Haslam, please answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’: Would you be willing to press the buttons to release the execution drug(s) into Billy Ray Irick’s arm on October 7th?

  8. Current ethical standards for research and experimentation on human subjects are a response to past egregious abuses of prisoners (and other populations considered to be vulnerable). Is the implementation of the new drug protocol not the experimentation of a new method of execution on a highly vulnerable population?

  9. Governor Haslam all human life is precious. We understand that sometimes crimes are committed and a victim(s) loses their life. There is no way to justify that and many people grieve. Some can commit the same crime and get the death penalty while others will receive life in prison or a set amount of years and then be released. Our system is very broken. Many have been released from death row that were proven innocent, some have also been executed who were also innocent. Even if they are guilty, killing a person who kills a person to prove that killing people is wrong is not the answer. It is more expensive to execute a man or woman then it is to keep them in prison for life. That money could be used for our school system instead of putting prisoners to death. The Governor of Washington has stopped all executions as long as he is in office. That would be wonderful if every Governor did that in the United States.

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