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Dear Governor Perry and dear Members of Board of Pardon and Parole,

We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the execution date set for Mr. Kevin Varga on May 12th 2010 and are appealing to you to do everything in your power to ensure that clemency is granted to Kevin Varga.
Mr. Kevin Varga was sentenced to death in 2001 for his part in the robbery and murder of Mr. Logie in Greenville, Texas.
We firmly condemn this act and believe that the death of Mr. Logie was an extremely tragic event, and we in no way seek to downplay the amount of suffering and pain caused to his family and loved ones.
Yet we are particularly concerned because we believe that in a matter of life and death, all possible avenues should be explored, all potential doubts removed; it is the only civilized thing to do.
We are ethically against Mr. Varga’s execution for the following reasons:
He always in the past and still does now, proclaims his innocence in the criminal act.
We believe that the death penalty only perpetrates violence and creates new victims. Mr. Varga’s sons will never learn the meaning of forgiveness and justice, and will be innocent victims because of their father’s faults; foult that is never been prooved without any doubt.
By executing Mr. Varga, his sons will never understand the extremely high value of life. A famous quotation from the Bible is “an eye for an eye”, but another one says, ”The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity”.
We therefore believe that commuting Mr. Varga’s sentence to life would be an important step to take in order to stop this circle of violence and sufferings.
Moreover, we believe that by executing Kevin Varga, our society will not be safer, but that, again, there will only be more victims.
Since Kevin Varga’s life is precious to us, we consider ourselves to be victims in this situation, as Mr. Logie’s family and loved ones have been.
We know perfectly well that Kevin Varga was in the place, where has been committed a brutal act and a fatal mistake, and he himself is aware of it.
Nevertheless, we believe he is a different person today and should deserve a chance to prove it.
Dear Governor and dear Member of Board of Pardon and Parole, bearing in mind the above arguments, we respectfully urge you to take all the aforementioned factors into account and to exercise all powers vested in your office and to demonstrate your respect for justice and human life.
We urge you to take this important matter into consideration, to spare Kevin Varga’s life and to commute his death sentence into commute sentence to life imprisonment.” Thank you for your time and consideration of this serious matter.


The Undersigned


Stefania Silva


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