HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — In 1981, Philip Workman walked into a Wendy’s grill in Memphis, brandished a gun, and had a employees palm him a income out of a money drawer.
Cornered moments after by military officers in a dilemma of a parking lot, Workman dismissed a gun. A military officer fell.
In 2007, Workman was executed for that homicide.
Trouble is, says a Rev. Joseph Ingle, who will pronounce in Huntsville Tuesday, Workman’s gun is not a one that killed that military officer.
The officer, according to debate justification analyzed after Workman’s ‘82 trial, was killed by a kind of bullet that is in military pistols, not Workman’s. The officer, in short, appears to have been killed by another officer’s shot.
Ingle’s latest book, “The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale,” chronicles what happened between that impulse in a parking lot and Workman’s execution by fatal injection 26 years later.
“It was flattering most a nightmare,” Ingle pronounced this week from his home bureau in Nashville. “If we ever consider a emanate of collateral punishment and a rapist probity complement aren’t politically fraught, we need to take another look. It is over appalling.”
Ingle himself never had taken a demeanour until his comparison year in seminary. That’s when, to prove a requirement, he began volunteering in a jail in Harlem for 20 hours a week for a year.
“Meeting those group usually altered my life,” Ingle said.
It also altered his ministry. Rather than take a United Church of Christ congregation, Ingle chose to turn a confident jail chaplain. He volunteers in Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville. From 1974 until 1983, he was a executive executive of a Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons, a multi-state classification that sought to annul a genocide penalty.
Abolishing a censure creates clarity not usually to equivocate executing people for crimes they didn’t commit, though also in elementary dollars and cents.
“Nationally, there is a pierce divided from collateral punishment,” Ingle said, “but we don’t see that in a South. Since 1977, some-more than 93 percent of a executions in a U.S. have been in a South.”
And patterns for those executions follow disturbingly informed paths of secular discrimination.
“If we kill a white person, we are 11 times some-more expected to die for that crime than if we kill a black person,” Ingle said. “And it’s even worse if you’re a black chairman and we kill a white person. Then we are 22 times some-more expected to die.”
Ingle pronounced that a stream mood in a U.S. of distrusting supervision should extend to this issue.
“Think about it,” Ingle said. “We don’t trust a state with a taxes, and we’re going to trust a state to contend who lives or dies?”