With Ernest Johnson's October 5 execution date drawing closer, the Missouri Catholic Conference has submitted a clemency application on his behalf to Governor Parson. The application was signed by civic and religious leaders, including the Catholic Bishops of Missouri, the leaders of the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the United Methodist Church and others. In the application, the signers stress that Mr. Johnson meets the state statutory and clinical standards to be diagnosed with an intellectual disability and, therefore, it is constitutionally and morally wrong for him to be executed. The signers, who oppose all executions, go on to say that the death penalty destroys human life and encourages violence as a solution to societal problems.
You can add your voice to those calling for clemency by contacting Governor Parson and letting him know that Ernest Johnson meets all standards of intellectual disability under Missouri law and should be ineligible for execution. You can call 573-751-3222 or contact him by email at https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us.