Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pope Joins Pity Party

Pope Joins Pity Party For White Woman's Negro Murderer
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-09-11 02:39:57 in category: General [ Print]

LOUISVILLE - Pope Benedict XVI and four Catholic bishops in Kentucky have asked Gov. Steve Beshear to commute the death sentence of an inmate set to be executed Sept. 16.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville presented Beshear with a letter Thursday written on the Pope's behalf by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio to the United States. It asks that 53-year-old Gregory L. Wilson not be executed because of questions about Wilson's mental status.

Diocese of Covington Bishop Roger Foys signed the letter, but diocese spokesman Tim Fitzgerald said via e-mail that Foys had no further comment on the matter.

Beshear met with Kurtz and representatives of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky on Thursday, one week before Wilson's scheduled lethal injection at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.

Wilson was sentenced to death 22 years ago for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 36-year-old Deborah Pooley in northern Kentucky in 1987. A co-defendant in the case, Brenda Humphrey, is serving life in prison.

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