by Vicki Schieber and Carolyn Leming
Feb. 16, 2007
We write as mothers who have been scarred by the death penalty.
Our stories are very different, but they are both stories of justice gone wrong. They are stories that convince us the capital punishment system in Maryland and across the country is broken beyond repair.
One of us, Carolyn, almost lost an innocent son — condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. It took 10 long years for the truth to come out and set him free.
The other, Vicki, lost a beautiful daughter — killed in a brutal rape and murder that ripped her away in the prime of her life. The possibility of a death sentence in the case threatened to keep the family in limbo for decades, reliving the crime again and again with every appeal.