Martin Grossman Should Not Die
Did you ever see the movies where people who don't deserve to die are about to be hung in the town square, already with a noose around their neck, and the protagonist comes riding in on his horse, shooting the rope that holds the noose, thereby freeing the victims, and then he swoops up the victims on his horse, and carries them away, riding into the sunset?
Don't you wish you were the one on that horse?
Martin Grossman did a terrible thing at one stage of his life. However, he really never deserved the death penalty for this crime in the first place both according to US law and Jewish law. He is now a changed man and a Baal Teshuva. He is scheduled to die on Tuesday. Please pray to Hashem for salvation. See SaveMartinGrossman.com for updated info.
For those sending letters to the governor of Florida, tell the governor that commuting the sentence to life in prision here does not equal being soft on crime. It equals being just and fair in a way of emulating G-d. Tell him that we learn from Exodus 33:19 that just like G-d is merciful when appropriate, we should also be merciful when appropriate. This is an appropriate time.
Letter from the Aguda:
To Friends and Constituents of Agudath Israel:
We are little more than 24 hours away from the scheduled execution, Rachmona litzlan, of Martin Grossman, Michoel Yechiel ben Miriam Sorah.
I wish I would have positive news to report, but the best I can say at this time is that there is still hope his life can be spared. His lawyers have a legal motion pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, on which the Court is expected to rule by tomorrow morning. The effort to persuade Florida Governor Charlie Crist to stay the execution and grant him a new clemency hearing also continues on a variety of fronts.
Our Gedolei Yisroel have asked us to do whatever we can to help save our brother's life. Therefore, at this moment of ne'ilas she'arim, let us continue to let the Governor know how strongly we feel about this matter. Please, even if you have already contacted his office, call him tonight or tomorrow morning at 850- 488-5603 to respectfully request that Martin Grossman's life be spared. (Note: This is a different number than the one we circulated last week; we are told that the other number, 850-488-7146, may not be operative at this time.)
The community's response to this tragic situation has been nothing short of overwhelming. May our display of ahavas Yisroel, together with our ongoing tefillos, find favor in the Eyes of the King of all kings, in whose Hands the hearts of all earthly leaders reside.
Chaim Dovid Zwiebel
Unfortunate Update: Martin Grossman was executed. Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet.