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TONIGHT 7 PM: Protest Against Execution of Brain Damaged Man

by California People of Faith Working Against th Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005 at 4:23 PM

Schwarzenegger Denies Clemency Protest Against Execution of Brain Damaged Man WHEN: Tuesday, January 18th 7PM RALLY WHERE: WESTWOOD FEDERAL BUILDING 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (Corner of Veteran)

Schwarzenegger Denies Clemency

Protest Against Execution of Brain Damaged Man

WHEN: Tuesday, January 18th 7PM

RALLY

WHERE: WESTWOOD FEDERAL BUILDING

11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (Corner of Veteran)

MARCH AT 8:30 P.M. to ST. ALBANS CHURCH for a VIGIL

580 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

The U.S. Supreme Court, denied request for stay for Donald Beardslee's death row inmate just after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected an appeal for clemency.

The execution will happen tonight at 12:01 AM unless there is an intervention. Protests are planned at San Quentin (were five protesters were arrested last night as well as other cities throughout the state.

The last California governor to grant clemency in a capital case was Ronald Reagan in 1967 for another brain damaged man.

Protesters against the death penalty for Donald Beardslee say he should not be executed for the folowing reasons:

No execution should be carried out in California while the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (created by SR 44 - Burton) is conducting research on the causes of wrongful conviction and the application of the death penalty in California.

Mr. Beardslee warrants executive clemency for three compelling reasons, none of which were available to the jury that sentenced him to death.

The jury was unaware of the extent to which Mr. Beardlee's actions were controlled by severe brain damage that has impaired his functioning since birth. This brain damage was exacerbated by a car accident that occurred in 1961 and a falling tree which struck Mr. Beardslee in the head in 1968. (View supporting scientific documents at www.hcrc.ca.gov )

Although the jury requested information from the trial court about the punishments imposed on Mr. Beardslee's co-defendants, the court refused to provide any information. Thus the jury was left without the ability to weigh the relative culpability of the various participants. Mr. Bearslee's role in the crimes, especially when compared to those of the co-participants and when taking into consideration his limited mental functioning, does not warrant the ultimate punishment.

Former San Quentin warden recommended clemency, as do some of the original jurors in the case.

Cardinal Mahony has also wrote a letter to the Governor appealing for clemency. The LA Times published an editorial this week urging clemency.

Reportedly, in his native Austria, there is outrage at Schwarzenegger support for death penalty.

Anti-death penalty foes hoped Schwarzenegger would consider clemency in this case because of his mother-in-law's Eunice Shriver's involvement in the Special Olympics.



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