STAY OF EXECUTION FOR BRANDON RHODE UNTIL 4pm Monday, September 27

posted Sep 24, 2010, 2:12 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]


We just learned that the Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for Brandon Rhode effective until 4pm on Monday.

Below is an amazing statement from friends our friends at Amnesty International.

AI Statement:
"Executing Rhode on the heels of his attempted suicide is especially cruel and inhuman," said Laura Moye, director of AIUSA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign.  "To strap Rhode’s stitched up body to a gurney, fresh with razor cuts to his wrists and neck, is particularly grizzly.  He may not be innocent, but he is a human being and what is done to him speaks volumes about our society's values.  Georgia officials may find it inconvenient that Rhode tried to kill himself before they could, but questions about his current competency to face the ultimate punishment must be properly addressed. We hope that the courts or State Board of Pardons and Paroles will recognize the unusual and disturbing nature of this case and stay the execution."

To say that the circumstances surrounding the past few days have been outrageous is an understatement and highlights the inhumanity and barbarity of the death penalty here in Georgia.

We'll post more over the weekend so please stay tuned.
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