Yes, Teresa Lewis is a tough sell for commutation. She's a drug addict and she reportedly encouraged one of the killers she hired to have sex with her 16 year old daughter. But according to her mother in law, Lewis was "not right." Lewis was incapable of such simple tasks as balancing a checkbook and couldn't even manage buying groceries for more than a day at a time. She skipped from job to job, and had held nearly 50 low-wage positions by the year 2000, when she arrived at the Dan River textile factory, where she met and married her husband and future murder victim. Her attorney has gone on record saying "The bottom line is we didn't feel like the judge would give her the death sentence. Unfortunately, we were wrong."
Iran is making much of Lewis's execution. People who live in glass houses and all.
Yeah, on some of these issues the US and Iran make quite the pair. Both countries have killed more than a hundred thousand Iraqis during the course of a war. Both countries are evidently a little too willing to execute people after disturbingly flawed legal proceedings.
Sure, we, too, have far to go, Mr. Ahmadinejad. But I think we're a bit further along than you are.
Anyway, I know I won't make you happy by posting Sajjad and Saeideh's letter to Sakineh.
So you know I've got to do it, right?
(AFP/La Règle du Jeu)
We do not know what is going on behind the scenes. Why and how many interviews, and for what reason? All this suffering because our attorney revealed the truth and the illegality in a file? Why is it that they provoke their partisans against us by producing false interviews, so that we are the target of their attacks? Why are my little sister and I forced to hide? Where is the justice in all of this? Why didn't you allow us to be next to our mother during the interview? Why are you playing with her life and with our family's reputation in your televised broadcast? Why are you urging your supporters on against us, so that they pursue us and strike us, in the street? And so that they call us sons of.... How many more false interviews are there yet to come? These days, we feel lost, searching for ourselves.