STOP THE EXECUTION OF BILLY JOE WARDLOW
The state of Texas plans to execute Billy Joe Wardlow on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 for the 1993 murder of Carl Cole that he committed when he was 18-years-old.
In addition to seeking clemency, attorneys for Mr Wardlow have filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court stating that a jury’s prediction of future dangerousness cannot reliably be made for capital defendants under the age of 21. This determination of future dangerousness is a requirement for imposing the death penalty in Texas. Billy Joe Wardlow's attorneys have requested that the Texas Legislature should be given an opportunity to consider the issue of whether 18- to 20-year-old defendants should be sentenced to death or executed.
The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases because it is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." (Catholic Catechism 2267)
We invite you to raise your voice in opposition to this execution by sending this prepared letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and urge them to commute Mr. Wardlow's sentence.
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