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from the desk of: Rolf Auer – writer 43 Lavergne Street Vanier ON K1L5E9 Canada

from the desk of:

Rolf Auer – writer

43 Lavergne Street

Vanier ON K1L5E9 Canada

13 September 2012

Office of Governor Tom Corbett Main Capitol Building, Room 225 Harrisburg, PA 17120, USA

Dear Governor,

Terrance Williams—a 46-year-old African American man—is to be executed on 3 October 2012 for a murder he committed when he was 18. I write to ask for clemency in his case on the grounds of compassion.

Williams’ childhood history is scarred by sexual abuse by others, years of physical and emotional abuse, plus neglect and abandonment. His mother and stepfather physically abused him, and adults who should have protected him raped and sexually assaulted him.

Please see the yellow highlights of pp.2-4 of this letter. This 3-page-long excerpt is from a 12-page-long report found at http://www.internationaljusticeproject.org/pdfs/trauma.pdf, titled “The Impact and Implications of Trauma and Abuse.” Page 2 makes clear that there is a causal relationship between childhood trauma to an individual and violence committed by that individual later in life. Page 3 states that such individuals are often found on death row. Page 4 notes that the corpus calloseum in such individuals’ brains is significantly smaller. This is the connecting tissue between the right and left sides of the brain. The left side of the brain in males has been shown to be responsible for rational thought, while the right side controls emotions. When a disconnect between the two sides results because of decreased function of the connector, erratic behaviour (such as violence) can be the consequence.

The US Supreme Court, in 2005 (Roper v. Simmons), removed people who were under 18 at the time of their crime from the reach of the death penalty because of the poor judgment sometimes associated with youth (due to immaturity, etc.). It is my contention that such types of impaired judgment can also result from childhood abuse, as stated previously.

Over 100 experts have called for clemency in Williams’ case. The victim’s widow has officially forgiven him and stated that she wishes “to see his life spared.” Williams is deeply remorseful and has demonstrated an ongoing desire to to become a better person, and to successfully relate to his daughter and to society.

Please grant clemency to Terrence Williams on the grounds of compassion and of extenuating circumstances.

Yours sincerely,

Rolf Auer

cc: His Excellency David Jacobson, Ambassador for the USA

I Peter 5:14 “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity: Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

John 15:12 Jesus:

“This is my Commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”