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Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger

Blogging has arrived at death row. Meet Vernon is the first weblog written by a death row inmate.

Here's how it works, according to the sites creator, Virginia Simmons:

Vernon Lee Evans, is the next person to be executed on Maryland’s death row. You can write Vernon a question using the link at the top of the screen or by writing an email directly to MeetVernon@GMail.com . I will print out the emails and mail them to Vernon who is currently in a maximum security cell in Baltimore, Maryland. Vernon will mail me back his responses and I’ll post them here.

Vernon was supposed to be executed this month but very recently got a stay of execution. You can read about his case here, and sign a petition to save his life. Read Vernon's description of a typical day on death row.

Meet Vernon even has a blogroll, and TalkLeft is proud to be included on it. This is an experiment, but wouldn't it be great to see every death row inmate with a blog?

Here's a list of currently scheduled executions for the remainder of 2005. Also check out these excellent blogs: Abolish the Death Penalty by David Elliott of NCADP and the Lonely Abolitionist.

Update: More discussion about why death row inmates should have blogs.

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  • Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 04:51:30 PM EST
    Facts about his case.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:16:07 PM EST
    Every convicted murderer should have a blog the day their victims have a voice too. They shouldn't be granted any more rights than those they freely took away from someone else.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 05:19:04 PM EST
    Victims already have a voice and can start a blog any time they want. I'm glad to see that makes you agree death row inmates can have a blog now too.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Apr 05, 2005 at 10:40:09 PM EST
    What a great idea! It benefits all of us to get to know a person who is going to be killed in our name. This site is for a Texas Deathrow inmate named Bobby Fratta. You can write Bobby at: Robert Fratta 999189 Polunsky Unit 3872 FM 350 S. Livingston, TX 77351 I hope some of you will. Bobby's brother in law is Randall Adams, once on Texas Death Row himself.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Apr 06, 2005 at 01:00:40 PM EST
    Wow, murder victims can speak? What is your definition of murder?

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Apr 06, 2005 at 01:48:13 PM EST
    if the death penalty is a deterrent(?), wouldn't it be more valuable to have examples of the true consequences and how they affect the individual?

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Apr 07, 2005 at 08:32:44 AM EST
    I too have something set up to help Bobby Fratta (who some of you might have seen on A&E's American Justice last night). You can go to www.fight4bobby.blogspot.com. I will get any and all comments and questions to him.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#8)
    by Tom Maguire on Fri Apr 08, 2005 at 06:05:19 PM EST
    ...wouldn't it be great to see every death row inmate with a blog? Hmm. We would need to rethink the definition of "perma-link". And what would be the etiquette for updating the blogroll?

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#9)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Apr 08, 2005 at 07:21:29 PM EST
    You've incurred the wrath of Michelle and Jesse Malkin! How dare you express "pride" in being included in that blogroll. The Malkins should be ashamed.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#10)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Apr 08, 2005 at 07:42:52 PM EST
    The pride is that a death row inmate (or as is obviously more likely the case, his lawyer, since death row inmates don't have direct access to the internet) thinks TalkLeft is a site that protects and fights for the rights of the accused, including those on death row.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#11)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Apr 09, 2005 at 07:14:37 PM EST
    I will be proud once a murder victim puts me in their blogroll. Because murder victims can blog anytime they want, right, Ms. Merritt?

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#12)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Apr 11, 2005 at 11:19:54 AM EST
    "TalkLeft is a site that protects and fights for the rights of the accused, including those on death row." Uh, they are not really the "accused" if they are on death row, they are the convicted.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#13)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 10:31:28 AM EST
    We live in the free West where we are always fighting for the right to free speech. Isn't that right to all in the west, whether we agree with them or not. To say inmates don't have the right to free speech is a very dangerous prospect, you are saying they are not free to say what they feel or think, hey lets stop all appeals and any thought of wrongful conviction because it will, and never has happened.

    Re: Meet Vernon - the First Death Row Blogger (none / 0) (#14)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 08:51:15 AM EST
    I have been desperately looking for 3 days for an inmate that can somehow use the computer to read my email to him. Please help me.