Please Don't Execute Scott Rush sign now

Dear President Yudhoyono,

There is a distinct possibility that Scott Rush will be sentenced to death. I am mounting this petition to be presented to you, should that verdict be handed down.


Anyone who has "adult" children can probably relate to the latest research that indicates the human brain does not reach maturity until its owner is well into their twenties. Current research also indicates it could be as late as thirty.

Scott Rush was nineteen when he became caught up in a drug trafficking ring. His history already indicates a lack of maturity and Scott claims being unduly influenced by threat of death. Was Scott thinking with a mature, rational, adult mind when he decided to allow over a kilo of heroin to be strapped to his legs and took a plane to Indonesia?

Does Scott's family condone what he has done? Were it not for their efforts to prevent Scott from taking this perilous journey it's highly unlikely he would have been caught. If Scott is to be executed, it is they foremost, and all those who love him, who will pay dearly for his mistake for the rest of their lives. Scott will no longer have comprehension but they who had no control over his actions must endure the pain of his passing until the day they die.

The death penalty obviously does not act as a deterrent to drug smuggling. If it did, no one would smuggle drugs and the drug trade would not keep flowing. Scott's death can be of no value to anyone, not even those who would take his life. He will be quickly forgotten by all but those close to him, as will the message behind his death. And no one ever thinks it will happen to them! Only when it happens does the reality sink in and the lesson is learned.

The flip side of Australia's "liberal" laws is that many of our troubled youth, particularly from apparently more "privileged" homes, don't get the support and guidance they need when they become involved with the court system. Not only is it unlikely that Scott was offered constructive support and guidance to move on with his life in a positive and meaningful way, he was betrayed by those sworn to protect him. Not only did they not protect him, they threw him into the fires of hell.

What Scott did was wrong. While he must atone for his wrongdoing he can't do that dead and buried. The only way anything positive can come from Scott's experience is for him to live so he and his may pass on the lessons they will all have so painfully learned.

The purpose of this petition is not to comment on Indonesia's drug policies or to denigrate Indonesia's drug laws. The only purpose of this petition is to save Scott Rush's life.

We, the undersigned, respectfully plead that Scott Rush's life be spared, so his life may be a constant reminder of the repercussions of his actions.

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