Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday, June 22nd

This morning we will begin walking at a point 8 miles north of Kinston on Hwy 11. We'll walk to the Lenoir County courthouse, arriving about 10:30 or so.

Next we will drive to the Onslow County Courthouse in Jacksonville for prayer there. Onslow County is one of our counties with a disproportionate number of death sentences handed down. The DA from that district sought a death sentence in Sampson County (within the same prosecutorial district) last year for a man with severe developmental, social and emotional delays. The accused was charged with a very uncharateristic act of brutal violence against family members and had no previous criminal history. The death sentence was sought in spite of the fact that family members stated that they would be satisfied with life without parole. Pursuit of the death sentence unnecessarily and cruely split the family as some decided to support the prosecution and others supported the defense.

After prayer at the Onslow County courthouse at roughly noon, we'll walk toward Swansboro on our approach to Emerald Isle for the Tuesday evening event with Linda White.

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