What you can do

Write a letter to D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg The Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, has requested that the trial court set an execution date for David Lee Powell, and the court has now set David’s execution for June 15, 2010. DA Lehmberg has the authority to ask the court to withdraw the warrant, but she will not do so without the public letting her know LOUD AND CLEAR that she has done the wrong thing. Tell her your disappointment that she has blown an opportunity to take the most progressive county in Texas, Travis County, into the future by standing down on David’s execution. She knows 32 years of hard time is punishment enough. Let her know you do too. And tell her – if you are a voting Texan, that you will never vote for her if she goes through with this terrible deed.

The execution of David Powell, after he has lived over three decades in deplorable conditions on America’s worst death row, would be a stain on the honor of all Texans. Don’t look away.

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Snail mail, fax or email to DA Rosemary Lehmberg, and cc The Clemency Section of the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles, and Gov Rick Perry:

Rosemary Lehmberg, District Attorney
509 W.11th St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 854-9400
Fax: (512) 854-9695

Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles
Clemency Section
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757
fax: 512-467-0945

Gov. Rick Perry
Web Site: www.governor.state.tx.us
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Phone: (512) 463-2000
Fax: (512) 463-1849

Sample letter:

Ms. Lehmberg,

I'm writing you in response to the execution date which you asked the trial court to set for David Lee Powell. I am extremely disappointed because this is a time when the death penalty is beginning to fall into disrepute, and Mr. Powell’s case provides a significant opportunity to make a statement about the enormous waste – human and monetary – associated with the death penalty. You could have used this moment to lead society away from the death penalty but instead you acquiesced to the conventional wisdom of Texas’ death penalty politics. In a world that is increasingly turning away from the death penalty, Texas is out of step. I believe you know this, and as the District Attorney of the most progressive county in Texas, you could have helped take us in a different direction.

I am writing to urge you to reverse your course. You have the authority to ask the court to withdraw the death warrant and to use that act as an opportunity to lead the State of Texas into a more just and peaceful future. Other leaders like you have chosen to lead the public away from the death penalty, where they once believed in it, because they understand it to be wrong on so many levels. I believe you are that kind of leader.

It has been said that the penalty of knowing one’s evil deed is punishment enough. David Powell knows his evil deed, has shown true remorse for it, and has suffered immensely. He has led an exemplary life, even from the despair of Death Row. He no longer deserves the death penalty. I have reason to believe you feel the same way. I beg you to ask the court to withdraw the execution date and use this as an opportunity to move us in a different direction.

Let the public know that when the death penalty no longer serves any legitimate public interest, as in the case of David Powell, you will not embrace it.

Write a letter to the Austin American Statesman
stating your opinion about the David Lee Powell case.

Sample letter:

I am opposed to the execution of David Lee Powell. This man had no history of violence before this crime, and he has lived a redemptive life and shown genuine remorse for the murder of Officer Ablanedo. After having served 32 years of hard time on America's most brutal death row, it is just too much to execute him now. A life sentence followed by a death sentence? It is unbefitting to a civilized society.

Submit to Austin American Statesman's opinion page

Host an awareness screening

We will be glad to send you a DVD and action pack of information to share with your friends. Invite 5 - 10 friends, show the film, have a discussion afterwards. Then ask them to write a letter to the DA. If you can get 10 friends to write a letter, then they each ask 5 friends, and those friends ask just one friend, that one screening can generate over 100 letters to the DA!

Make a donation

Donations for the ongoing documentary effort, "Saving David Powell" are needed and any amount is welcome (PayPal may show the payee as loveacid films, a production company associated with the project)

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Please note:

This website is for the support of David Lee Powell. We hope he finds an alternative to execution. If you want to send negative or derogatory messages, please don’t do it here. Find another place on the internet to do that. Thanks.