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DEATH PENALTY COMES TO LIFE BY DANNY MONTEVERDE   9-29-09

Death Penalty Comes To Life
Film gives lesson on capital punishment

Monday, September 28, 2009
By Danny Monteverde, Staff writer

A convict and a priest clasp their hands and pray in the stark, dark prison cell. A few moments later, the warden tells the prisoner it's time. With the priest's whispered prayers and the clinking of the shackles that bound the prisoner's ankles and wrist the only sounds, the slow and somber procession begins. The prisoner is strapped into the electric chair. He will pay the ultimate price for his crimes -- the fatal beating of his mother and the slaying of a family. Before the switch is flipped, the convict whispers in the warden's ear: "I forgive you." The audience sits in utter silence; for almost half an hour, they've remained as still as mannequins in a department store.
Then, it happens.

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