Thank you so much for your letter last week to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Thanks to people like you, we generated over 650 letters to stop an execution tainted by racial bias and a sleeping lawyer.
Georgia refused to listen. Kenneth Fults was executed last night for the 1997 killing of Cathy Bounds.
This is a stark reminder that the death penalty is broken beyond repair.
After a jury sentenced Fults to death, one juror confessed to his own racial bias, calling Fults a “n_____.” He admitted to arriving at his decision for a death sentence before hearing any evidence. Mr. Fults’ court-appointed public defender was also known for his use of racial slurs and was so overworked, he fell asleep in the courtroom while representing Fults.
Despite these egregious miscarriages of justice, courts refused to act. On Monday, Georgia’s Board of Paroles and Pardons denied Fults’ application for clemency, and yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
Today, our hearts are with the families of both Cathy Bounds and Kenneth Fults and with all families who grieve for loved ones lost to violence. We will continue to work for a justice system that heals and restores lives.
Thank you for everything you do.