Letter from Bishop Stika to Governor Bredesen

September 26, 2011

From the Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville

May 5, 2010

I share your deep concern for the proper functioning of our criminal justice system and the protection of society. However, I also believe that mercy must always be the very heart of our justice system. I do not have detailed information before me of Gaile Owens’ case which might somehow prove her deserving of this special consideration. I have but the image before me of Our Savior writing upon the ground with his finger as a woman condemned to death stood before him, much the way that Gaile Owens now stands before you.

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