Here’s are Vernon’s replies to the most recent questions I sent him last week. He said “The questions you have put to me I will answer with sincerity…they are questions that are constantly being asked of me.”
Please continue to email me your questions and comments and I will mail them to Vernon.
How did you find out about the warrant?
I found out about the death warrant looking at the news on Channel 13.
How did you feel when you found out?
At first I was angry because I just heard from my lawyer that the Court of Appeals had set oral arguments for May. Then when my reasonable spirit returned, I was able to admit that Baltimore County is doing an aggressive job in trying to carry out this execution.
So in essence their aggressiveness moved me and others to stop them. For them it is not justice at all anymore but pride has taken over.
How do you get by day by day? From where do you draw your strength?
I think having the knowledge that the death penalty in this country is not about justice but instead used as stepping stone to prosper in careers. Plus, as a born again human being, thru Christ.
I have written before about how the death penalty has caused people to act like people did when God first sent Christ here to save the human race.
So when I speak against the death penalty I also would like Christians to know that if you really believe in Christ’s word, show mercy. I also believe that I get my strength from reading God’s word.
How have your fellow inmates reacted?
The ones I socialize with show their hearts to me. They express that I am in their prayers. Some react by hitting the law books more often:)
How is your family handling this situation?
My sisters are being strong because they know that I need them more than ever. But my young sister I had a chance to get attached to when she was born. I watched and appreciated her first step. I’ve seen her as a little sister. Whereas my older sisters were already there sort of speaking. So my younger sister got to really hang with her big brother. She can handle things, but there is a spirit with her that shows more compassion. She’s ok. She knows that this is an on going battle to the end of the death penalty.
What would you want to convey to your attorneys and others who have worked on your case?
Speaking of my lawyers honestly, it was a process that was slow at first. We at first never attempted to know each other as real human beings. It was just a relationship that had legal only boundaries. After years and learning others spiritual enlightening, I began to feel they wanted to save my life. Yes I still have moments I can still say that I honestly appreciate my lawyers. They have followed issues in Court that have allowed them to raise on my behalf. God is truly great.
The students I love very much. I love the student teacher that helps motivate the students. I admire Dr. Trudy Conway for helping me to feel love. Her efforts with the students at Mt. St. Mary’s University are helping others become aware of a penalty that should not be. Even at American University there is growing concern about the death penalty. People around the U.S. that are offering prayers are helping in ways that they really don’t realize. Look at what Wesley Baker stated: “I didn’t know that people really care.” I appreciate the minds that young people are putting together to make plans and carry them out. It's a wonderful feeling they are giving to death row men and women across the U.S.A.
I must say I also appreciate the people in Brazil that express concern about my situation, but more importantly I love when they express their desire to rid the world of the death penalty. It is no deterrent. A fact that people really need to realize. They are spending money and it doesn’t even seem to alter crime at all. Not even in the harshest country.