Saturday, January 28, 2006

Vernon's Replies

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.

23 Comments:

Blogger mags said...

You obviously believed in the death penlty when you killed those 2 innocent people in cold blood! You are a whinning hypocrite, and make me sick

1/28/2006  
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1/28/2006  
Blogger Casually Me said...

Why do you want to postpone the death penalty? You believe in Christ and you believe in heaven. If that's where you are going why would you want to spend an extra day on Death Row, or even in prison? Let it go, and you will reap what you have sown. I don't believe in a hell, so I'm not preaching here. I really want to know why you would want to stay where you are, when you have the option, or maybe you don't of leaving Prison?

1/28/2006  
Blogger Sam's Lil Sis said...

Well let me offer my opinion: I had my brother murdered June 2nd, 2005. I think if someone is man or woman enough to kill , hey should not continue to live as well.
Like the people posting here that don't support the death penalty who believe so much in god, if that's the case, then this person who you are fighting to save has broken the 1st commandment passed down from God which is "thall shall not kill"...hmmm.
Not to say people can't feel remorse or be redeemed, but when is enough enough. So say they let him out of the death penalty, maybe he even gets parole as a senior citizen, whose to say he won't do it again. Do you want to take the chance it will be your family next.
The people here fighting against the death penalty to me seem to not know how the crime of murder has many victims and there is no reprieve for taking life, what can you do to make it right? THE VICTIM CAN'T COME BACK!
So for all of those out there, step into the shoes of me, someone who lost a loved one to murder, and see if you still carry the feelings you have now, you may say you will, but you will never know unless, god forbid, it happens to you!

1/28/2006  
Blogger Rick said...

It's interesting to me that you would indicate that God's word is one of your sources of inspiration. Furthermore, it's interesting to me that in a breathtaking demonstration of truly remarkable egotism, you appear to compare yourself to Jesus.

Jesus was innocent of all sin. You have done murder. If you were truly a repentant sinner, you would recognize that your punishment is the closest thing to justice achievable on this earth.

As a Bible-reading man, you may find these passages illuminating:

"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man." -- Genesis 9:6

"For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer." -- Romans 13:4

The sword, by the way, is a weapon and is used to take life.

It is impossible to ever fully enact vengeance on the murderer, or the rapist, or the child molester -- what they have taken can never be returned; what they have done can never be undone. (At least, it shall not be undone before the End of Days.) So the death penalty is society's way to loudly condemn those in our midst who commit these crimes.

I frankly find it disturbing how obsessed death penalty opponents are with the humanity of the murderer, and their callous disregard for the humanity of his innocent victims. Who cares about innocent people when there's a vicious murderer to save, right?

1/29/2006  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

I'm from ITALY and reading previous comments it's quite obvious how obtuse is who thinks that death penalty could be the right answer to grave crimes like omicides. If u agree that "to kill" is wrong you should be even against the system that allows death penalty. You write about God and Heaven and these are just words that you don't understand. These words are enough to make you feel comforted but you are guilty as the person you are going to kill! But as we can see around the world in these years the American System thinks to be higher than the rest of the world..even higher than God. Is this democracy for you? I think you are a little bit confused.
Vernon Lee Evans i'm close to you! I don't know what you did and if you really did that, but no crime allows a man or a System to kill you. They just don't know what they are talking about! They want a show..they just want to hide themselves behind "the law" to have the same feelings of a killer with the difference that they will never be judged for that. IMHO you should stay in prison for the rest of your life if u really killed somebody. Write me.. Good Luck! Lorenzo

1/29/2006  
Blogger gsryoga said...

I'm sickened, Vernon, by some of the above comments. Most of these poor fools, I'm sure from the "Bible Belt," don't have a clue what spirituality is. Obviously they do not grasp the concept of forgiveness. I am with you, my friend, and I will pray for a Stay!

Have Faith,
Glenn
Coconut Creek, FL

1/29/2006  
Blogger Sam's Lil Sis said...

gsryoga and lorenzo:

1st I'm not from the bible belt i actually live in baltimore grew up in philadelphia

2nd for either one of you to say that the people above who say "but no crime allows a man or a System to kill you. They just don't know what they are talking about! They want a show..they just want to hide themselves behind "the law" to have the same feelings of a killer with the difference that they will never be judged for that. " or they say "Most of these poor fools, I'm sure from the "Bible Belt," don't have a clue what spirituality is. Obviously they do not grasp the concept of forgiveness." well to both of you, I do grasp forgiveness, I have forgiven friends who have mistreated me and I am not a "fool" by any means, the fool is the one who can't see both sides of an argument. I can see the side interested in preserving life, but I still have, will continue to have and am entitled to my opinion, as are you.

And i do know what I'm talking about as much as anyone here, and i do not want "a show", I had my brother, one of my closest friends as well as my family, taken violently from me. In closing, until one of you can say honestly you have been through my pain and anquish, please don't try to judge me, let alone anyone else who supports the death penalty.

1/30/2006  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

Liz..i don't want to judge you and i'm sorry if u were offended by my words. I was just trying to tell that death penalty is not the answer for heavy crimes. That's just an answer to REVENGE but there is no justice inside that feeling. There are many other ways a System can use to punish who committed these kind of crimes and i'm afraid of a legislator that thinks to be so strong to give and to take away a man's life. I'm not speaking about religion or God. I'm terribly sorry for your brother and friends that were violently taken away from u but i strongly think there are some rights that can't be touched! Neither by a judge..

1/30/2006  
Blogger English Blogger (Davie B) said...

Liz,

God is the Judge of all, not Man.

I live in England and I have had a close friend murdered. I would never in a million years advocate the Dealth panalty.

Do you really think prision is a soft option, never being allowed out, not having physical contact with your family and friends? I don't. Vernon is on Death Row, he doesn't have the option to pop down the road for a beer, or a burger, go visit a friend or any other thing you and I take for granted.
"If Vernon is guilty" I don't know every in and out of the case or the "plea bargains" that your "Wonderful" free American law system has, that went on. But, if he is guilty spending the rest of his life with out parole is justice enough in the World. If Vernon has repented than that is between Vernon and God isn't it as to whether or not he goes to Heaven?

1/30/2006  
Blogger TheMuseGuy said...

After having read dozens of books on near-death experiences and conversed with a few people who have been through their own, I have some serious concerns about capital punishment. It's looking like it might be a naive assumption that executing people truly kills them; rather, it kills their body and releases their consciousness. So, while society thinks that executing convicts is some form of justice, we might just be releasing them into the spirit world to carry on living.

While I grieve with anyone who has lost a loved one to murder, the near-death experience literature should give lots of comfort. It will provide a glimpse at what happened to your loved one so that you can form a more positive vision. It will also provide insight into divine justice and how it is built into the "system." One highly promiment feature is the "life review" where people experience in amazing detail what they did with their life. Not only do they re-live everything they did, but they feel all the pain (and the joy) of whatever they gave to others. They walk in their victims' shoes, in other words, and on the good side, they walk in the shoes of those who received their love.

I am not trying to be preachy here; I am just reporting what I have read and heard in person from people who had the near-death experience. I would strongly encourage those of you who have lost loved ones (via any means) to check out this material. Start by searching on "near-death experience" in a search engine.

Personally, I believe that a deterrent to murder is not killing people, but would be researching the true nature of death. If people knew for a fact that they would literally have to experience the pain they cause others, that would be more effective.

1/30/2006  
Blogger Harold Smith said...

To Glenn from Coconut Creek, Florida. I am a very spiritual person originally from the "Bible Belt" red state and obviously stupid hate-mongering war-mongering rights threatening neo-Nazidom of Indiana, or at least that's the way you elitist bone-headed liberals like to categorize anyone who does not protest everything that any sane minded moderate can see is complete common sense. Well, I have forgiven many people and been forgiven by many people in my 42 years on this planet. However, that being said I believe I am accountable for my own actions and if I did kill someone, I would believe I should be killed for that transgression. Personal accountability, how about that? Where do you miss the whole point of punishment for crimes committed as a deterrent to further crimes? How idiotic, presumptious, elitist, and soooo spiritual. I hope you enjoy the left-wing hell your type has led some of largest cities into...Baltimore, Detroit, etc, etc. Check out the top 20 U.S. cities in violent crime and you'll find every single one of them is run by liberal left wing lulus like you.

Harold

1/30/2006  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

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1/31/2006  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

Does the Bible say that who kills someone has to be killed?..Then, it has been dimonstrated that Death Penalty is NOT a deterrent for further crimes and grave crimes! It is NOT!

1/31/2006  
Blogger Sam's Lil Sis said...

English blogger, yes maybe you can't enjoy everyday freedoms on death row or imprisoned for life, but the fact remains you can still communicate with family and friends, you can still watch tv, you can still do things that your victims can never do again. I will still support the death penalty, and i am adult enough to realize that many don't agree with me, but as an adult, I will just politely say that no matter how cleverly or how intelligent a person's argument is, I m entitled to my beliefs and opinions, and I'm sticking to them . Thank you.

1/31/2006  
Blogger Cham said...

Vernon says:

"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."

I agree, the lawyers don't care at all about justice, the verdicts are more score cards to them than anything else, especially to state-paid prosecutors. It's often more about where you did the crime and what the environment is like in that particular prosecutor's office when it comes to determiningo what the punishment will be.

In Baltimore County you fry regardless, in Baltimore City it's lucky if a criminal has to make the effort to enter the courtroom before they walk free.

You would think somebody would be concerned about this issue.

2/01/2006  
Blogger angelfish said...

I have lost a loved one to a vicious crime and yet I still do not believe in the death penalty and have actually been writing to death row inmates for many years now. I find that many of the pro dp supporters have never been touched by crime, and yet they feel they have the basis for a level headed opinion? I think not. I have respect only for pro's who have been in my position and therefore can make a choice about their view. They should allow Vernon to live. He has made a difference in society, and I believe that he has the power to make a difference to the youth of Baltimore. If Vernon stopped 1 youth from making the same mistake as he, then it would be worth it.

2/01/2006  
Blogger Sam's Lil Sis said...

Angelfish, i lost my brother, i am and will forever be in your "position" and I support the death penalty, but I still believe people who haven't been through what we've been through have a right to their beliefs and opinions angelfish. We are all entitled to an opinion , even if a person hasn't been victimized by murder of a loved one. I respect all opinions, I just am not changing mine, no one can ask for anything more of me than to respect they have a mind and their own opinion.

2/01/2006  
Blogger Alvin said...

To Harold: Your belief in capitol punishment may have condemed yourself as an accomlice to murder.You support and help place in power a government that plays God around the world. the lives that are lost every day based on lies and greed will call for an accountence one day. It is not to late for repentence your life has not been taken yet that is if your reading this .No one no's the day or hour even vernon won't no for sure. How can a so called christian cast a stone (or say yes to capital punishment/murder) are yoe without sin? Think hard on people you support and the things they do,your support may just condem you

2/02/2006  
Blogger Alvin said...

To Harold: Your belief in capitol punishment may have condemed yourself as an accomlice to murder.You support and help place in power a government that plays God around the world. the lives that are lost every day based on lies and greed will call for an accountence one day. It is not to late for repentence your life has not been taken yet that is if your reading this . No one no's the day or hour even vernon won't no for sure. How can a so called christian cast a stone (or say yes to capital punishment/murder) are you without sin? Think hard on people you support and the things they do,your support may just condem you.

2/02/2006  
Blogger Blue said...

I don't believe in the death penalty - but I do have something to say about crime, punishment & choice.

The penalty for the crime committed is the death penalty. Why then did the perp CHOOSE to commit the crime knowing the penalty?

And to take the logical step....

The death penalty is not a big secret!!!

If you commit the crime - you pay the penalty. Don't then turn around & claim 'woe is me, I had a tough childhood' or religion or remorse or whatever. I expect remorse - good - I'm glad he feels that way. But the penalty was in place before he committed the crime. Its a bit late after the fact to start claiming that its not fair. LIFE IS NOT FAIR - deal with it - learn to make better choices. He won't get a chance to use the learnings in this life - maybe he can carry them to the next.

2/04/2006  
Blogger UnderCoverAnna said...

"LIFE IS NOT FAIR - deal with it ..."

Does this apply to Liz, too? I think there are many, many people who have lost their friends, children, families under troubling circumstances. They have to accept that life is not fair, why grant exceptions?

And I was under the impression that the justice system was created to seek justice for the victim of the crimes -- not necessarily to satisfy the thirst for revenge in the relatives.

The vicitms, unfortunately, are lost. The murderer, unfortunately, caused that loss. He/she has no right to forgiveness, love or clemency. The only right he/she has is the right to life -- even if that didn't mean anything to him.

The relatives of a vicitim have the right to comfort, support, understanding and consolation. But they do not have the right to kill the one/s causing them such pain -- because in that case they become subject to the same law they want to see applied to the other person.

Life indeed is not fair!

2/21/2006  
Blogger UnderCoverAnna said...

Liz said:

"Like the people posting here that don't support the death penalty who believe so much in god, if that's the case, then this person who you are fighting to save has broken the 1st commandment passed down from God which is "thall shall not kill"...hmmm. "

((Liz))! The thous shalt not kill commandment is NOT the first one. It actually is the fifth. and no matter whether it's the first commandment or not it has not small print or exceptions attached to it that reads: ... except if the governor, or boss dealer, or king, or despot tells you to.
The commandments count the same for all people; there is no escape clause provided.
It is interesting, however, that you think it is the most important (because the first) comammandment; the first commandment says that you shall not have any other gods besides the one and only one!
I would dare say that people who defend the death penalty do break both commandments. If one disregards the fifth commandment, claiming that a higher authority (court, governor, judge) has decreed so, he/she does puts the latter authorities in the plce of God.
Very simple.
It is as wrong for you, me or anyone else to take a life.
In my opinion, it is sacrilegious to manipulate the commandments so they suit ones own purpose.

2/23/2006  

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