Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Missouri: Plea for Skillicorn

Jeff Stack at the Columbia Daily Tribune says Gov. Jay Nixon should commute the death sentence of Dennis Skillicorn. Otherwise, says Stack, Skillicorn's execution will constitute mere "revenge" (contra justice). Says Stack:
Skillicorn deserves clemency. He was an accomplice to crimes but killed no one; he has been a valuable, rehabilitated, contributing member of society; and his positive presence helps make the prison safer for guards and inmates alike.
A former prison correctional officer also says Killicorn's execution is "not going to help anyone." Seven other past and present prison workers have written to the Governor on his behalf. Stack also notes Skillicorn has been editor of Compassion, a "national" magazine which features writings and artwork by death-row prisoners. He has raised more than $40,000 in scholarships for people who have had loved ones murdered. See additional details in the full editorial here.

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