Reduce the capital charges of Bryan Dammon Smith

Bryan Dammon Smith is a native Detroiter, a disabled and distinguished Detroit Marine veteran, a husband and a father of four. He has been diagnosed with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, stemming from a 1993 training accident during his Marine service that broke his back and severely damaged his knees and legs. At present, he is facing trial in October of this year in San Diego, California, charged with committing murder in the course of a robbery in 1994. If he is found guilty, he could face the death penalty. In 2005, Bryan was extradited to California by Governor Granholm. Since Michigan has long been a state which opposes the death penalty, a conviction in Michigan would result in a life sentence. The death penalty was not mentioned in the California extradition application to Governor Granholm at that time, but the California authorities now have the option to apply the death penalty if there is a conviction on the current charges. At this moment, we are simply asking that Bryan not be tried under a charge that could result in the death penalty, but rather under one that will result in life without the benefit of parole if he is found guilty. We are asking San Diego District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, to set aside the petition for the death penalty, in light of not only Bryan

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