Question for Gov. Haslam: Do you think the death penalty system in TN needs to be overhauled?

Governor Haslam, Paulo Martinez has a question in response to your recent statement on Tennessee’s death penalty:

Do you think the death penalty system in Tennessee needs to be overhauled?

The American Bar Association does.  Their 2007 Death Penalty Assessment Report on Tennessee identified 10 key areas for reform:

  • Inadequate Procedures to Address Innocence Claims (including a failure to preserve DNA evidence in the post-conviction phase of capital trials)
  • Excessive Caseloads of Defense Counsel
  • Inadequate Access to Experts and Investigators
  • Inadequate Qualification and Performance Standards for Defense Counsel
  • Lack of Meaningful Proportionality Review (between cases in which a death sentence or a life sentence is imposed for similar crimes)
  • Lack of Transparency in the Clemency Process
  • Significant Capital Juror Confusion
  • Racial Disparities in Tennessee’s Capital Sentencing
  • Geographical Disparities in Tennessee’s Capital Sentencing
  • Death Sentences Imposed on People with Severe Mental Disability

The report makes 14 recommendations to address these issues.

How many of these recommendations have been implemented since 2007? 

How has your government worked to ensure fairness and transparency in capital cases?

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Questions for Gov. Haslam about Innocence and Compassion

Governor Haslam, Hector Black has a question and a comment in response to your recent statement on Tennessee’s death penalty:

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.

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

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Question for Gov. Haslam: Is every life sacred, even on death row?

Governor Haslam, Katye S. has posed a few questions in response to your recent statement on Tennessee’s death penalty:

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 [of capital punishment] that has always been in place. What if that policy is wrong?

Do you really think the best response to death is more death?

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Question for Gov. Haslam: Will you listen to taxpayers who oppose the death penalty?

Governor Haslam, Mark McEntire has a question in response to your recent statement on Tennessee’s death penalty:

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?

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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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We think there’s more to say on this issue!  What would you ask Governor Haslam about the death penalty in Tennessee?

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