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Travesty on Death Row: Letters of Conscience & Compassion

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Susan Larison Danz

Susan Larison Danz


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Playwright and performer Swithin Fry shares the poignant story of his penpal correspondence with Tim, a convict on Ohio's Death Row.  From his vantage point in the United Kingdom, Swithin became aware of the difficulties Tim has faced seeking a retrial, leading to Swithin visiting Tim in prison and launching "Tim's Hope Campaign".

In Swithin's words..."I'm not saying they are all innocent; I'm not saying that Tim is innocent - though I believe he is.  I'm saying the death penalty is wrong, morally wrong, the same way that killing is wrong, morally wrong.  Tim is seeking a retrial.  Nothing more, nothing less."

On March 1, Swithin debuted a monologue he wrote about his experience visiting Tim, performed at a major regional theater in England.  Swithin hopes to take this on tour in America.

Swithin and host Susan Larison Danz discuss how as a civilized, enlightened society, we must humanize our understanding of "justice" in consideration of the accused, the convicted and the victims.  Compassion,  conscience and truth can set our society free.

Swithin Fry's blog: DeathRowTim.tumblr.com

Twitter: @SwithinFry

Email: deathrowtim@gmail.com

Flute music segues appearing on "The Frontier Beyond Fear" originate from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Colin_Ross_-_Etherea.ogg, written and performed by Colin Ross and freely distributed under several licenses, including GPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html).