New York - Largest Orthodox Jewish Organizations Send Letter To Florida Gov. Asking To Halt Inmate Execution
New York - A letter signed by the executive heads of seven Jewish organizations was sent to Florida Governor Charlie Crist today, imploring him to grant clemency to Martin Grossman, a death-row inmate scheduled for execution next Tuesday, and to allow him to repay his debt to society by serving the rest of his life in prison. The signatories also request a meeting in person with Governor Crist to discuss the matter and better relate the depth of their concern.
Mr. Grossman was convicted of killing Margaret Parks, a Florida Wildlife Officer in 1984, when he was 19 years old. â€śNothing in our humanitarian plea,â€ť the letter reads in part, â€śis intended in any way to minimize the horror of the crime Mr. Grossman committed or the tragedy of Ms. Parksâ€™s killing.â€ť
But, the letter continues, the crime was committed when Mr. Grossman was under the influence of drugs and alchohol, and he â€śhas conducted himself as a model prisoner since his incarceration some 25 years agoâ€¦ [and] has shown profound remorse and regret for his actions.â€ť
Organizations or individuals who can assist in this emergency effort are asked to contact Rabbi Zvi Boyarsky at email@example.com / 718-415-2221 Or Rabbi Moshe Matz at mmatz@agudathisrael 305-532-2500
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