Governor Robert Taft
The Honorable Robert Taft
77 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Dear Governor Taft:
Please grant clemency to Ohio death row inmate Mr. J. D. Scott, scheduled to be executed 15 May, 2001. I stand legally and morally against the execution of this man.
Mr. Scott is a diagnosed schizophrenic; executing the mentally ill does not serve justice. Mr. Scott is sick and needs help. Rather than senselessly extinguishing his life, he should be placed in an appropriate secure facility for the rest of his life where his severe mental illness can be treated.
Mr. Scott's trial was fraught with error, thus depriving him of a fair trial. Evidence of errors include: death specifications were unclear; Judge influenced the trial therefore denying his presumed innocence; no mitigating factors were offered by the defense; and the jury based their decision on erroneous instruction.
Mr. Scott is African American. For comparable crimes, African Americans are 38% more likely to receive the death penalty than are whites.
I stand in opposition to the execution of Mr. Scott and the execution of the other 200 men on death row in Ohio. I ask you to consider an executive order of moratorium on executions as was implemented by Governor Ryan of Illinois, until further studies can be done regarding issues of innocence and fairness.
Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration regarding this most important matter.
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