The Dr. Phil Show
The below was crossposted from the 90 Million Strong Campaign
“I hadn’t been under a tree in 18 years.” That’s the first thing Natson “Nate” Fields realized when he was released from prison and a death sentence after having been exonerated. Can you imagine that? No trees, no family, no one believing the truth, no one understanding that capital punishment is not the answer to public safety concerns.
Nate, 90 Million Strong Campaign member Susan Sarandon and Campaign Co-chair Sister Helen Prejean, recently interrupted Dr. Phil’s rerun season to make an important plea: stop the execution of Richard Glossip.
Richard Glossip’s name gained national attention this summer because of a challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal injection drug protocol which was heard by the United States Supreme Court. Now, Glossip is scheduled to be executed on September 16, and Sister Helen and others are fighting to save his life.
With all the attention paid to what drugs Oklahoma might use to kill Richard Glossip, one important factor has not received sufficient attention:
“It was clear to [Sister Helen] and to me that this man was innocent. … He’s been sitting there for 17 years. And now the clock is ticking,” said Sarandon on the August 31 episode of “The Dr. Phil Show.”
Glossip’s case highlights at least two of the fundamental flaws inherent in the death penalty – the risk of executing an innocent person and the stubbornness of states that dig in their heels against reason and good judgment. It is the epitome of injustice for the state to execute an innocent person and yet, once the death machinery is rolling, it seems nearly impossible to stop.
Sister Helen and Sarandon are using their name recognition to draw attention to Glossip’s case. But what about those cases where we are unable to get national public attention?
As part of the 90 Million Strong Campaign, I know that you will speak out to stop the execution of Richard Glossip. But it is equally important that you continue to speak out to ultimately end the use of the death penalty in the U.S. once and for all. Take action by enlisting your friends and family in the campaign to end the death penalty by getting them to sign the pledge today.
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