Our Lord Stood Before The People (He Was Innocent), yet Pontius Pilate washed his hands in deference to protecting life – even when he knew Our Lord broke no laws of man. Here is Ronnie Lee Gardner, who committed a crime against life, and has been imprisoned to protect the people from any further potential harm. This is just!
Yet, the life inside Ronnie Lee Gardner is from God – which in all of human understanding, is the greatest call from God – fellowship with Him. He Who Created The World Through The Word! God does not want to see Ronnie Lee Gardner shot and then to stand before Him for eternal judgement! Ronnie Lee Gardner has confessed and has asked forgiveness – then who are we before God to kill him?
If we expect forgiveness from Jesus and not allow forgiveness to others, then what should we say when the day comes for us, when we stand before Our Lord?
‘Revenge is Mine’ Says The Lord!
Yes there are two parts for atonement for sin:
1) Seeking Forgiveness From Our Lord
1) Ronnie Lee Gardner has sought forgiveness
2) Penance on Earth is a physical/spiritual work/cost! Ronnie Lee Gardner will be imprisoned/cost of freedom (Earth’s Purgatory) for his crime.
We should not take his life too, as WE the people still on Earth, should vouchsafe life made by God at all costs – save the act of saving our own lives/freedoms as sovereigns. In these times of great stress – in these times of horrific crimes against nature, be that abortions and/or unclean acts, please stand as a Light, as a Power of Life’s Treasure! We who are to exercise ‘critical thinking’, must be of ‘One In Voice’, that separates our selves from acts of ‘Contempt In Revenge’, For Revenge Is Of The Lord’s Domain. Standing as that Mirror of Contrast, As Governor Of Utah – Your People Will Be Moved To Contemplate For Themselves, This Act Of Forgiveness, Mercy, & Love Of God’s Creatures.
For Providence Will Have Come Full Circle In This Act Of Mercy, which as written in our Declaration Of Independence, should have never been transgressed to begin with:
The United States Declaration of Independence states that God Himself bestowed our rights and liberties upon us. The entire American political system is based on that unique premise. No other bulwark exists to safeguard the natural rights of human beings except Divine sanction. Remove God, and you also remove all claims to liberty, rights, meaning and purpose.
Ps 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Governor (Gary R. Herbert)
for granting this stay and for the rest of your days on Earth, you will walk knowing, that your soul was in union with God’s Will! You will walk knowing, that your people and the greater United States citizenry, will be contemplating this act of Protecting Inalienable Rights Between Man And His Creator!
If there comes a cost for this stand – then let it be known by all, it cost another before you as well – The Word!
Pax et Bonum
Peace And Goodness
Condemned Utah man is moved to observation cell
Ronnie Lee Gardner
DRAPER, Utah — A Utah man set facing execution by firing squad early Friday has been moved to an observation cell.
The Utah Department of Corrections says Ronnie Lee Gardner was moved to the 10-by-6-foot cell Wednesday night after meeting with his family.
Prison guards will closely monitor Garner in the cell until he is moved to the execution chamber shortly before midnight.
Attorneys for Gardner are still scrambling to get a stay of the execution. Petitions are pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
If executed, Gardner will be the first person to die by firing squad in 14 years.
The 49-year-old is being put to death for fatal shooting of an attorney during an escape attempt at the old Salt Lake City Courthouse in 1985.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Midnight in the firing squad chamber approaches for Ronnie Lee Gardner — a self-described “nasty little bugger” — whose childhood of neglect, drug-addiction and ever escalating crime led to double murder by age 24 and a quarter-century waiting for his own execution.
Barring the success of any final appeals, that moment will arrive shortly after 12:01 a.m. Friday. Petitions are pending before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and the U.S. Supreme Court.
If executed, Gardner will become the first person put to death by firing squad in the United States in 14 years.
Although he has spoken emotionally in recent days of his desire to start a program to help troubled youth, Gardner acknowledged to a parole board of his own tortured trajectory: “It would have been a miracle if I didn’t end up here.”
Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for a 1985 capital murder conviction stemming from the fatal courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell during an escape attempt. Gardner was at the court because he faced a murder charge in the shooting death of bartender Melvyn Otterstrom.
One pyschology professor testified before the parole board that Gardner was almost a perfect model for understanding “extreme or violent behavior.”
He first came to the attention of authorities at age 2 as he was found walking alone on a street clad only in a diaper. At age 6 he became addicted to sniffing gasoline and glue. Harder drugs — LSD and heroin — followed by age 10. By then Gardner was tagging along with his stepfather as a lookout on robberies, according to court documents.
At 11, Gardner was sent to live in a state mental hospital. He had no diagnosed mental illness, but child welfare officials thought he was better off there than at home. He was released about 18 months later. A trouble-maker, he had difficulty at school and often looked for a fight and “ran away from every institution they put me in.” In court transcripts Gardner says he only completed his education through the fourth grade.
There were stints in the state industrial school and a stay in a foster home, where he was sexually abused. He had his first child, a girl, at about 16. A boy followed a few years later.
Violent, easily angered and out of control, he killed for the first time — Otterstrom — at age 23. About six months later, at 24, he shot Burdell in the face as the attorney hid behind a door in the chaotic courthouse.
“I had a very explosive temper,” Gardner said last week. “Even my mom said it was like I had two personalities.”
Decades later, Gardner now says he is calmer, wiser and remorseful. He claims his desire is now to help young people avoid making the kind of mistakes that landed him on death row. He and his brother would like to run a 160-acre organic farm and residential program for at-risk youth.
“There’s no better example in this state of what not to do,” Gardner told the board.
But some doubt that Gardner is, or could ever be, reformed.
Tami Stewart’s father, George “Nick” Kirk, was a bailiff at the courthouse the day of Gardner’s botched escape. Shot and wounded in the lower abdomen, Kirk suffered chronic health problems the rest of his life and became frustrated by the lack of justice Gardner’s years of appeals afforded him, Stewart said.
Stewart said she’s not happy about the idea of Gardner’s death, but she believes it will bring her family some closure.
“I think at that moment, he will feel that fear that his victims felt,” she said.
Newspaper accounts of Burdell’s funeral in Salt Lake City from 25 years ago, note that his friends and family had prayed for Gardner, asking that he might be transformed.
On Tuesday, Burdell’s father, Joseph Burdell, Jr., said Gardner’s desire to help troubled kids is proof that some tranformation has come. He said he has no need for any apologies.
“I understand that he wants to apologize. I think it would be difficult for him,” he said by phone from his Cary, N.C., home. “Twenty-five years is a long time, he’s not the same man.”
At his commutation hearing, Gardner shed a tear after telling the board his attempts to apologize to the Otterstroms and Kirks had been unsucessful. He said he hoped for forgiveness.
“If someone hates me for 20 years, it’s going to affect them,” Gardner said. “I know killing me is going to hurt them just as bad. It’s something you have to live with every day. You can’t get away from it. I’ve been on the other side of the gun. I know.”
By JENNIFER DOBNER (AP)