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The ACLU of Utah and the First Unitarian Church
to Host a Candlelight Vigil in Protest of the Execution of Joseph
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 1999
SALT LAKE CITY -- On Friday, October 15 at 12:05 a.m., Joseph Mitchell Parsons will be
executed at the Utah State Prison. Parsons, who has been on death row for 12 years for the 1987
murder of Richard Ernest, has dropped all of his legal appeals.
Parsons will be one of hundreds of people who have been executed since the reinstatement of the
death penalty in 1976. His scheduled execution date is a sad day for the ACLU and other
advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.
Please join the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the First Unitarian Church on Thursday,
October 14 at 9:00 p.m. for a candlelight vigil to oppose the execution of Joseph Parsons and
advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. The program will include musical interludes and
meditations by Father Bartholomew Hutcherson of the Newman Center, Reverend Lee Shaw from
St. James Episcopal Church, and ACLU of Utah legal director Stephen Clark.
The candlelight vigil will take place at the First Unitarian Church at 569 South 1300 East in Salt
Lake City. Please call (801) 521-9862 for additional information.