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Letter from a former Tuscaloosa D.A. Victim Service Officer

Dear Ms. Brown & Project Hope,
 
I sent a letter to the Governor of Alabama as suggested by your wonderful organization.  In addition to the points you made, I included another that having had a front row seat for the  Eddie Powell trial, is something that I think is important for people to realize.  I worked for the Tuscaloosa DAs office during the Powell trial as a Victim Service officer.  As a life-long death penalty opponent, the case troubled me deeply.  I watched a man being sentenced to death and I watched the people in my office celebrate the death of another human being.  The Powell case has haunted me for 13 years and I was deeply distressed to hear that his death was painful.  As I pointed out to the Governor, people often hide behind, "I'm just doing my job."  But the fact of the matter is, EVERYONE involved in the Powell case, and every other death penalty case, is equally culpable.  I may have been an unwilling participant but Eddie Powell's blood is on my hands as much as anyone's.  I think more effort needs to be made to humanize the people on death row and the connection between those who allow their deaths.  Too many people see them as numbers or their "job."  These are people.  And our government is murdering them.  Unbelievable.
 
I appreciate your good work and if I can help in any way, please let me know.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kim