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Jeff Wood sits on Texas death row. Like many others, Jeff has a date in the long list of scheduled executions to take place in the US in the nxt months.
Jeff was born on 19th August 1974. If nothing happens to stop this madness, this year Jeff will be executed 2 days after his 34th birthday. On August 21st he will be put to death by the state of Texas, despite the fact that he didn't commit any crime. Jeff is not one of those men who maintain their innocence even if they are thought or suspected to be the authors of murders, Jeff Wood is a man who was condemned to death by a jury who knew that he had not killed anybody.
Texas has a law called the "Law of Parties" that allows a jury to give the death penalty to those are considered to have taken part to a murder, even if they were just present on the crime scene when a homicide was being committed. To give a better idea of what may be considered a "co-defendant" we can take the example of someone who is driving a car along with the person who has just committed the crime. This is what happened to Jeff Wood. He was sentenced to death under the Law of Parties. In this case, the death penalty was given to someone whose only fault is to have driven a car at a gun-point, threatened by the man who had just killed the clerk inside a gas station. Jeff Wood has a sentence of death pending on his head because he drove a car that was helping a criminal to escape.
When the jury had to decide the proper sentence for Jeff Wood, not only they gave no consideration at all to the fact that Jeff Wood was not the actual killer, but they also ignored the fact that Jeff had been being suffering from bi-polar disorder for many years...a disorder that made his character easy to be manipulated, especially by very dominant personalities.
Nowadays we condemn the death penalty for all crimes, because we consider it a barbaric punishment, used more to satisfy a need of vengeance for a crime than to respect a right for justice. Incredulity and indignation are even stronger when the death penalty is given to someone who didn't kill anyone.
One year ago Kenneth Foster, also sentenced under the Law of Parties with a case very similar to Jeff's, received a commutation of his death sentence into a sentence of life without parole. Kenneth fought for his life along with his family and friends, supported by mass-media like televisions, radios and newspapers that contributed to grant him salvation. Jeff Wood's case. on the other side, is not receiving the right attention.
If things will keep going in this way, Jeff will slide down to his execution date and people will never know of him and his story.
His family, including his wife and his teen-age daugther, is bravely fighting for him day by day even if the closer that date gets, the more fear and desperation threaten to discourage them. Even the father of the victim in Jeff's case, who is against the death penalty, fought to save the life of Reneau, the man who was the actual killer and who has already been executed by the State of Texas.Now we need to help Jeff to save his life!
People could do a lot to help save Jeff's life. You can sign his online petition on the website his family built up for him. You can contact Rick Perry, governor of Texas, sending him an email from that same website, expressing concern about all the scheduled executions and mentioning Jeff Wood's case.
August 21st is not far, Jeff's execution is not far...his premeditated murder gets closer and closer. We need to act now! Please sign Jeff Wood petition and spread the link for others to sign it as widely as you can. Each and everyone of us can make a difference for the life of Jeff Wood.
Ass. SenzaVoce Thanks to Katia!