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“If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.”  Steve Allen


“If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in society, then it is wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.”  Helen Prejean


“Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.”   Henry Ford

The State of Alabama has set July 26th as the execution date for Darrell B. Grayson. Many have called, written and faxed the Governor asking for a stay. Many received a reply form letter, many did not even receive that even though they are Alabama tax payers.

Some who were unhappy with the form letter reply followed up with a call to the Governor’s office and received several answers, which we would like to address.

  1. Misleading web site. Please visit
  2. and note that not only have we posted the appeals filed on behalf of Darrell Grayson by the Innocence Project requesting DNA testing but we also filed the brief from the State.

  3. DNA testing cannot prove innocence as Darrell Grayson was not convicted of rape. The state based its case on Darrell Grayson’s false confession of rape and therefore if DNA proved that he had not raped Mrs. Orr the case would disintegrate.
  4. Darrell Grayson never said he was innocent. How could he when he was in a blackout the night of the crime?
  5. Darrell Grayson’s appeals have run out. Of course, otherwise we would not be asking the Governor to exercise his right to stop the execution.

We understand that the legal staff of the Governor’s office is working on a reply but we would like the public to be informed ahead of time. It is obvious that the citizens of Alabama are making a difference so please continue! My question for the Governor is whether you believe in the death penalty or not, can you live with yourself when justice is so blatantly being denied? We are talking about a life!

Esther Brown

Executive Director

Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty