Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mike Farrell Writes Letter Asking for Clemency for Jeff Wood

From: Mike Farrell

August 11, 2008

Ms. Rissie Owens, Chair
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757

Dear Ms. Owens,

I write in support of clemency for Jeff Wood, who is scheduled to be executed in your state in ten days. Mr. Wood’s death sentence, as I‘m sure you’re aware, was based on an interpretation of your state’s “law of parties” that allows a death sentence in a situation where the individual in question not only was not directly responsible for a murder, but in fact may not even have been aware that such a thing would take place.

It’s my understanding that the Board you chair found reason to recommend clemency in a recent case, that of Kenneth Foster, for many of the reasons that now pertain in Mr. Wood’s case and I ask that you find it in your heart to handle this one in the same manner.

Because Texas now has enacted a sentence of life without parole into law, what is clear is that clemency for Mr. Wood could, if your recommendation to Governor Perry so suggested, simply exchange the death sentence for permanent imprisonment, ensuring that he would never be a threat of any kind to the people of your state.

Please, therefore, urge your Board to recommend clemency for Jeff Wood. Killing him will neither solve anything nor serve society in any way.


Mike Farrell

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As usual in theses "mentally icompetant" ruses, people have been duped into believing Wood is a diddling dimwit. If they had done their homework, they would have found that Wood and Reneau had committed a few robberies in which they stole firearms. No matter how "challenged" one some point ya gotta be thinking those guns are going to be used. Not to mention that Wood's family and friends are just as guilty for listening to at least this particular robbery (if not more) for not talking him out of it, or informing the authorities. But hey, I'm all for forgiveness myself. But personally I'd like to see one of those people who knew the robbery was going to take place finish out his sentence (or one of those "Right to Lifers" who could care less about the person that was killed in the first place).