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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clemency Requests for Jewish Death Row Inmate

To Friends and Constituents of Agudath Israel:

As you may know, a Jewish man is slated for execution - Rachmana litzlan! - in Florida next Tuesday.  Martin Grossman was convicted of killing Margaret Parks, a Florida Wildlife Officer, in 1984, when he was 19 years old.  He did so while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and in an act of panic, not premeditation.  He has conducted himself as a model prisoner since his incarceration some 25 years ago and has shown profound remorse and regret for his actions.

Agudath Israel has joined other Orthodox Jewish groups in asking Florida Governor Charlie Crist to grant clemency to Mr. Grossman, and we have also requested a meeting in person with Governor Crist to discuss the matter.

But it is important that the Governor hear from the grassroots as well - certainly from people who live or spend significant time in Florida, but even from non-Floridians.  His e-mail address is , his phone number is (850) 488-7146 and he can be faxed at 850-487-0801.  Letters and calls should be polite pleas to the Governor to take into account Mr. Grossman's youth and impairment at the time of the crime and his good behavior and remorse in the years since.  And the request should be that Mr. Grossman be permitted to serve his debt to society by serving the rest of his life in prison.

May we have happier occasions to demonstrate our achdus and ahavas Yisroel.  And may our action here merit us such times.

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