Petitioning Governor Eric Greitens

Spare Russell a painful death and stay his execution

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The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled Russell Bucklew to be executed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. His previous execution date in 2014 was stayed by the United States Supreme Court because of his rare health condition that could cause him great pain during the execution process.

Sign this petition to ask Governor Greitens to show mercy and spare Russell a painful, gruesome death.

Russell's medical condition, cavernous hemangioma, causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. During the execution process, tumors in his nose and throat could rupture and bleed. 

The U.S. Supreme Court already found his medical condition reason to stay his execution in 2014. Today, Russell continues to suffer from this same condition. Carrying out this death sentence would be inhumane, especially in the context of many other recent botched executions around the country. 

Sign this petition now to ask Governor Greitens to stay Russell's execution.

Russell was convicted and sentenced to death by a Boone County jury in 1997. He has been in prison for two decades now, and an inhumane execution will not restore or undo the harm he caused so long ago.  

We do not ask that he be exempt from accountability for his crimes - we only ask that Missouri avoid its own horrific display of how the state can use its power to take life so ineffectively and inhumanely.

Our justice system, and particularly our response to violence, fails to heal our communities. We need a response to crime that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence. The death penalty is rife with errors and inconsistencies, fails to deter crime, and has a steep cost in not only financial but human terms. Death is not justice, and we should not execute this man.

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