September 25, 2012
The Philadelphia Inquirer
a citizen and a taxpayer, I am outraged that Philadelphia District
Attorney Seth Williams should attempt to make a case for the execution
of Terry Williams in the press (Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23).
Mr. Williams is a public official and an officer of the court. The
place for him to make his arguments is in court. To abuse his position
in such a fashion is to undermine the trust and credibility of his
office, and to raise serious concerns about his fitness to lead it.
Terry Williams case, involving as it does strong evidence of coerced
and perjured testimony and prosecutorial misconduct, unfortunately fits
the profile of much of what passed for "justice" in Philadelphia courts
in the 1980s. Many similar cases will soon come to term as Death Row
prisoners exhaust their appeals. Will Seth Williams contest each one?
If so, he will forfeit public confidence in himself and his office, and
link himself to the abuses of a shameful past.
Please sign petition to save #TerranceWilliams http://chn.ge/TYy3mcPetition at change.org