Execution Protests in OKC
Tuesday, July 17
- CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
4:30 p.m. in front of the Attorney General's office at 4545 N. Lincoln
- 'DON'T KILL FOR ME' RALLY
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in front of the Governorís Mansion
followed by a vigil starting at 8:30 p.m.
'Moral certainty' elusive in Harjo case
Oklahomans opposed to the death penalty will be protesting the scheduled
execution of Jerald Harjo on Tuesday evening. Harjo, a Seminole Native American
of questionable mental capacity, was sentenced to die by lethal injection for the
1988 murder of Ruth Porter. Mrs. Porter's death was tragic and violent.
Mrs. Porter awoke when Harjo, who was drunk, was trying to steal car keys from
her bedroom. He panicked and strangled her to death. He was sentenced to die
under Oklahoma's "heinous, atrocious, and cruel" aggravator. This aggravator, we
believe, is overused in Oklahoma capital cases.
Governor Frank Keating has recently spoken of the need for "moral certainty" in
imposing the death penalty. We believe that there is no such certainty possible in
the context of capital punishment, which is inherently immoral. We call on our
state officials to find more effective measures against crime than the extremism of
killing prisoners. We are in grief at the senseless violence of murder, and of
CONTACT: Jim Fowler (405) 943-3808