Texas Moratorium Network has drafted a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles seeking clemency for Johnny Martinez. Nothing so unusual about that, except in this case the mother of the murdered Clay Peterson has also requested a life sentence instead of death. Supprt victim's rights and contact them too. Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Gerald Garrett, Chairman Executive Clemency Section P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station Austin,Texas 78711 RE: Clemency for Johnny Martinez May 16, 2002 Dear Mr Garrett:, I am writing to appeal for clemency for Johnny Martinez, who was convicted  of murdering Clay Peterson. The mother of Mr. Peterson has already written  you asking you to spare the life of her son's killer. The father of the  victim has also said that he would like to see Mr Martinez spared execution  because he does "not believe that (his son) would have demanded the Old  Testament punishment of an eye for an eye, but instead would have followed  the teachings of Christ to forgive not seven times, but seventy times  seven." Texas should respect the viewpoints of the parents of the murder victim in  this case. The parents know best what Mr Peterson would have wanted. Please  vote to commute Mr Martinez's sentence to life in prison. Please hold a public hearing, so that the parents of the murder victim can  appeal to the entire board on behalf of their murdered son. Texas should  respect the viewpoints of parents of murder victims when they ask for  clemency for the murderers of their children. Sincerely, Scott Cobb Here's a second letter from another of our members. May 17, 2002 Chairman Gerald Garrett Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 RE: Clemency for Johnny Martinez Dear Chairman Garrett: Lana Norris recently wrote you asking that her son's killer be sentenced to  life, rather than executed. Clay Peterson's father also said that he  doesn't believe his son, a devout Christian, would have wanted his killer to  be executed. Both said they were never consulted when the DA decided to  seek the death penalty against Johnny Martinez. The victim's family must be heard. It is not fair nor moral for the state  to support victims' families who wish to execute while ignoring the wishes  of a family that does not want their son's killer executed. Texas Moratorium Network appeals for clemency for Johnny Martinez. Mr.  Martinez had never before been convicted of a violent crime and has never  been violent in prison. At the very least, please hold a public hearing so  that the victim's family may speak to the entire board about its wishes. Texas Moratorium Network, an organization with a growing support base of  more than 6,000 people across the state of Texas, is working to establish a  moratorium on executions, so that a Texas Capital Punishment Commission can  conduct a comprehensive study of the death penalty system in our state. Thank you for your consideration, Sincerely, Margaret Fehrenbach Texas Moratorium Network
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