Georgia Plans to Execute Kelly Gissendaner Despite Pope’s Plea

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Georgia Department of Corrections/Reuters

Newsweek
By Polly Mosendz
September 29, 2015
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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Kelly Renee Gissendaner on Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Gissendaner, who was charged with convincing her boyfriend to kill her husband in 1998, will be executed at 7 p.m.

The execution is unusual, as Gissendaner did not carry out the crime, though she was involved. “Ms. Gissendaner, who was not present during the killing, got death while the actual killer got life. The State of Georgia has not executed a non-trigger person since the penalty was reinstated in 1976,” her lawyers wrote in the application for reconsideration of clemency.

Pope Francis, who spoke against execution during his tour of the United States last week, sent a letter on Gissendaner’s behalf through a representative.

“While not wishing to minimize the gravity of the crime for which Ms. Gissendaner has been convicted, and while sympathizing with the victims, I nonetheless implore you, in consideration of the reasons chat have been presented to your Board, to commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy,” he wrote.

The victim’s family disagrees with the pope. “As the murderer, she’s been given more rights and opportunity over the last 18 years than she ever afforded to Doug who, again, is the victim here. She had no mercy, gave him no rights, no choices, nor the opportunity to live his life. His life was not hers to take,” a spokesperson for Doug Gissendaner’s family said in a statement.

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4 comments on “Georgia Plans to Execute Kelly Gissendaner Despite Pope’s Plea

  1. Of all the horrors Catholics and Americans in general are dealing with, Francis the Foul decides to take up the case of this pig.

    Never mind that we’re chopping up and auctioning our offspring, or that our very way of life is under assault to the point of oppression… let’s take up the case of the woman who had her adulterous lover brutally murder the father of her three children.

  2. “Pope Francis, who spoke against execution during his tour of the United States last week, sent a letter on Gissendaner’s behalf through a representative. “While not wishing to minimize the gravity of the crime for which Ms. Gissendaner has been convicted, and while sympathizing with the victims, I nonetheless implore you, in consideration of the reasons chat have been presented to your Board, to commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy,” he wrote.”

    If Jorge and his modernist ilk really wanted to do something positive for this woman, they would send a traditional priest to her who in turn would give her a chance to repent for her horrible crimes and sins, while telling her the need to convert to the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and receiving the Sacraments if she wants any chance of forgiveness and obtaining eternal salvation.

  3. Mercy? Hogwash. It’s proper retribution.

    Good riddance. May God have mercy on that soul.

  4. I don’t have a problem with individual requests for clemency. It is the whole scale condemnation of capital punishment that betrays justice, hinders the work of prosecutors, and simply is not consistent with Catholic Tradition.

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