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Old 02-22-2018, 01:46 PM
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Unhappy I can't breathe. My friend might be executed today/CLEMENCY GRANTED

I didn't see any posts about his execution today so I hope it's ok to talk about here. I'm in need of... I don't know? Support? Wisdom? A good kick in the pants?

I wrote to Bart Whitaker who is scheduled for execution today.. just 4.5 hour from now as of this posting. We wrote years though I stopped a couple years ago after having a baby. He's intelligent and interesting and I considered him a friend (of sorts).

In early January I saw that his date had been sent and then sent him one last goodbye letter.

Of course I've been following along and getting more anxious by the day.

The parole board in Texas actually voted 7-0 to recommend clemency - something so rare!

It's now in the Governor's hands to grant clemency or not.

It's 4.5 hours until the scheduled execution time and every minute that passes makes me more anxious. I feel so selfish making this about me because I can't even imagine what HE is going through.


I wish the Governor would just announce his decision because I can't think, can't feel my face, I'm sweaty and my heart is going to beat out of my chest.

It's just so unreal that I know he's going to DIE at 6PM today unless the Gov grants him clemency.

Please.. no condemnation of him and his crime today.. I just couldn't take it.
I know full well what he did.
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I wish I had the right words that could take your anxiety away, but unfortunately I don't. I don't know if you believe in a God, but I would put it all in His hands. That is really all you can do.

For what it's worth, I don't believe in the death penalty. I am in no position to judge anybody, but the young man is going to have to live with himself for as long as he has life in his body. That should be enough. Just breathe!
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I am so sorry to hear what you are going through.I hope your friend receives clemency. I dont believe in the taking of life whether it be by the state or otherwise.
Please look after yourself I hope you have someone to talk to family or friends or if you need us we can listen.
Sending you positive thoughts and hugs.
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Thank you both, I really really appreciate it your kind words. A little less than two hours to go and I guess it's not looking so good. I'm still hoping though.
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I'm so sorry this is happening. I hope he gets clemency from the governor.
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He got it.
http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Tex...474751583.html
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I just saw! Great news!
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CLEMENCY! HE GOT IT YOU GUYS!! http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/02/22/g...akers-sentence

WOO HOOO!!!
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Good news, I'm glad he avoided the death penalty.
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Good news so happy for you
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You know what... it was even on the German news... makes me weepy... I'm glad he will be able to keep breathing and you as well!!! I'm absolutely against the death penalty....
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You can follow his blog by searching for Minutes Before Six. Do not write him at this time as he is in transit and his death row number will be retired.

It came pretty much right down to the wire. Poor Kent - no matter how much Abbott wanted to torture Bart, no matter how little he cared about the torture of Bart, he was torturing Kent. sigh. The death penalty.
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His new number: 02179411

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