Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Clemency Video

Vernon’s new legal team presented a clemency video to Maryland’s Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today. Click on this link to see the video.

Or you can type this url into your browser: http://www.savevernonevans.org/ClemencyVideo.html

The video presents compelling evidence as to why the Governor should grant Vernon clemency, including:

(1) That Vernon was not the shooter, and is thus not eligible for the death penalty in Maryland. (The only eye witness to the crime never testified at Vernon’s trial.)

(2) That Vernon grew up in a dysfunctional family, suffered from severe physical and sexual abuse as a child, and attempted suicide at the age of 10. (These facts would have played an important role during his sentencing trial.)

Because of Vernon’s original incompetent court appointed attorney, the evidence in this video has never been presented to a jury.

The video also details the supportive role Vernon has played and continues to play in his children’s lives, the care he provided to fellow inmates who were HIV positive, and the role Vernon has played in shaping the career paths of students at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Maryland.

When you finish the video, if you want to send a message to Vernon, you can write to MeetVernon@Gmail.com and I’ll mail him your comments. If you want to write to any of the other people who appear in the video, including his mother, father, sisters, sons, daughter, or Professor Conway, you can email them to MeetVernon@Gmail.com as well, and I’ll do my best to deliver them to the right people.

Most importantly please call, write, or email Governor Ehrlich to request he grant Vernon clemency. If you live in Maryland, you can also write a letter to the editor to your local paper.

Office of the Governor
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
State House
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925

410.974.3901 (p)
410.974.3275 (f)

Toll Free 1.800.811.8336
TDD 410.333.3098
MD Relay 1.800.735.2258

http://www.gov.state.md.us/mail/

Monday, January 30, 2006

Emails- Kirk Bloodsworth

Vernon has received hundreds of emails in the last few days. Some are kind and thoughtful, some are genuinely inquisitive, some are angry and hateful, some are ill-informed, some are incoherent, and some are spam.

It will be a few days before I receive Vernon’s replies to these messages in the mail. In the meanwhile, I’ll be posting some of the emails that are catching my eye here.

Around noon today, Vernon’s email account (which I maintain, as he doesn’t have internet access) received a message from Kirk Bloodsworth. Mr. Bloodsworth spent eight years on Maryland’s death row before he was exonerated in 1993. Mr. Bloodsworth was the first death row inmate in the United States to be proven innocent based on D.N.A. evidence.

Here’s is his message to Vernon:


DEAR VERNON

JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I REMEMBER YOU WHEN I WAS THERE AND TONIGHT IM SUPPOSED TO SPEAK AT A CHURCH ON YOUR BEHALF.

I HOPE YOUR WELL I KNOW ITS TOUGH FOR YOU MAN. I KNOW ITS HARD BUT KEEP LOOKING UP. I WROTE GOV EHRLICH A LETTER TO GRANT YOU CLEMENCY THEY TOLD ME WAS GOING TO LOOK INTO IT? IVE BEEN OUT FOR 13YEARS NOW AND MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I HOPE I CAN HELP IN SOME SMALL WAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS...

WITH YOU IN SPIRIT

KIRK BLOODSWORTH

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Vernon's Replies

Here’s are Vernon’s replies to the most recent questions I sent him last week. He said “The questions you have put to me I will answer with sincerity…they are questions that are constantly being asked of me.”

Please continue to email me your questions and comments and I will mail them to Vernon.


How did you find out about the warrant?

I found out about the death warrant looking at the news on Channel 13.


How did you feel when you found out?

At first I was angry because I just heard from my lawyer that the Court of Appeals had set oral arguments for May. Then when my reasonable spirit returned, I was able to admit that Baltimore County is doing an aggressive job in trying to carry out this execution.

So in essence their aggressiveness moved me and others to stop them. For them it is not justice at all anymore but pride has taken over.



How do you get by day by day? From where do you draw your strength?


I think having the knowledge that the death penalty in this country is not about justice but instead used as stepping stone to prosper in careers. Plus, as a born again human being, thru Christ.

I have written before about how the death penalty has caused people to act like people did when God first sent Christ here to save the human race.

So when I speak against the death penalty I also would like Christians to know that if you really believe in Christ’s word, show mercy. I also believe that I get my strength from reading God’s word.

How have your fellow inmates reacted?

The ones I socialize with show their hearts to me. They express that I am in their prayers. Some react by hitting the law books more often:)

How is your family handling this situation?

My sisters are being strong because they know that I need them more than ever. But my young sister I had a chance to get attached to when she was born. I watched and appreciated her first step. I’ve seen her as a little sister. Whereas my older sisters were already there sort of speaking. So my younger sister got to really hang with her big brother. She can handle things, but there is a spirit with her that shows more compassion. She’s ok. She knows that this is an on going battle to the end of the death penalty.


What would you want to convey to your attorneys and others who have worked on your case?

Speaking of my lawyers honestly, it was a process that was slow at first. We at first never attempted to know each other as real human beings. It was just a relationship that had legal only boundaries. After years and learning others spiritual enlightening, I began to feel they wanted to save my life. Yes I still have moments I can still say that I honestly appreciate my lawyers. They have followed issues in Court that have allowed them to raise on my behalf. God is truly great.

The students I love very much. I love the student teacher that helps motivate the students. I admire Dr. Trudy Conway for helping me to feel love. Her efforts with the students at Mt. St. Mary’s University are helping others become aware of a penalty that should not be. Even at American University there is growing concern about the death penalty. People around the U.S. that are offering prayers are helping in ways that they really don’t realize. Look at what Wesley Baker stated: “I didn’t know that people really care.” I appreciate the minds that young people are putting together to make plans and carry them out. It's a wonderful feeling they are giving to death row men and women across the U.S.A.

I must say I also appreciate the people in Brazil that express concern about my situation, but more importantly I love when they express their desire to rid the world of the death penalty. It is no deterrent. A fact that people really need to realize. They are spending money and it doesn’t even seem to alter crime at all. Not even in the harshest country.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

New Death Warrent- Feb 6, 2006

On January 9th, Baltimore County Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II signed a new death warrant Vernon- for the week of February 6, 2006.

This blog was paused last spring due to various concerns, but it may have updates again soon.

Thank you to everyone who has written to Vernon with your questions and comments.
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