Thursday, October 06, 2005

...better to hold your tongue and leave people guessing as to whether you are a fool...

...than to open it and leave no room for doubt like poor james brown who works for the government of new zealand...

From: TCASK Office 1 <>
Date: Thursday, October 06, 2005 9:03 AM

Dear Representatives of the Government of New Zealand,

I recently received an e-mail from one of your government's employees. I found it interesting on two counts.

The writer, one James Brown (presumably no relation to the American entertainer), e-mail address, sent to our organization a sick and taunting e-mail expressing his disappointment that a human being on death row in Tennessee, Sedley Alley, wouldn't experience an agonizingly slow death should he be killed by the state of Tennessee (which is very possible).

Because your government has abolished the death penalty for all crimes I thought that you should know that one of your government's employees, while certainly free to support capital punishment as an individual, was using government property (and presumably while being paid by the government of New Zealand) to oppose your government's official position.

I suppose it would be somewhat less offensive if he had done so in the voice of an adult rather than that of an adolescent child struggling through the hormonal ravages of puberty.

I truly do not wish for such a petty individual to damage formal or informal relations amongst peoples of the free world.

Thank you in advance for your acknowledgement of the poor judgment utilized by a representative (and ambassador) of the government of New Zealand.


Randy Tatel
Executive Director
Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing
PO Box 120552Nashville, TN 37212

"The death penalty is a public policy that fails victims, the accused and our core constitutional value of fairness. The best solution is to use alternatives and simply abolish the death penalty."

----- Original Message -----
From: James Brown
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 11:22 PM
Subject: re Sedley Alley:

Hi from New Zealand!

The world awaits, champagne on ice,
for this monster to die.

Sadly, it won't be the slow agonizing
death his victim endured,
but hey, you can't have everything.

Have a good day.

James Brown

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