If I were related to Oba Chandler, other than acknowledging the relationship, there would be little I’d change in asking Governor Scott to commute his sentence and show the courage to put our money where his mouth is.
Scott said he would bring sound business practices to bear as governor, so eliminating the death penalty should have been on his to-do list before his took his oath. Obviously what is simultaneously inefficient, ineffectual, expensive, litigious, error-ridden, divisive and dehumanizing – like the death penalty – is the stuff and nonsense of politics as usual, not good business.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: November 15, 2011 1:20:23 PM EST
Cc: Senator Mike Haridopolos , Speaker Cannon
Subject: Don’t murder Oba Chandler
Honorable Governor Rick Scott
Office of the Governor
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing to ask that you commute Oba Chandler’s death sentence to life, and immediately take steps towards outlawing capital punishment in Florida.
True fiscal conservatives oppose the death penalty, and can count the ways it indefensibly screws up budgets.
True believers in justice won’t clog our courts by demanding vengeance against a few score, delaying justice for thousands and thousands of others.
True Christians won’t cast the first stone, let alone heave a single, life-crushing boulder.
The death penalty has no deterrent value, it serves only to temporarily shush a loud minority that mistakes vengeance for justice. That loud minority often wants children executed. And the mentally incapacitated. And those who have committed non-lethal crimes. They don’t care that innocents have been executed; one such person recently told me it was okay with her if the right person was incarcerated or executed only 90% of the time, because – after all – we’re only human.
That’s who you’ll stand with and for today by executing Oba Chandler … loud, vicious, circuitous thinkers, a perpetually mad-as-hell, mad-as-hatters minority.
Neither your body nor soul has caller ID, sir; chances are greater than 90% that any “Thou shalt kill” messages you receive through prayer aren’t Almighty.
Commute Oba Chandler’s sentence, Gov. Scott, and rid us of the death penalty. Stop putting blood on my hands against my will, on my dime.