Anthony Farina is an Italian-American citizen sentenced to death by the state of Florida. For him, the Sant'Egidio Community fought together with Hands of Cain and Repreive so that the death penalty should be reviewed in order to arrive at a judgment less unlucky. Even the mayor of a town in the Messina province, S. Stefano di Camastra, which Anthony’s family comes from, had joined the chorus of demands for a more humane justice. The vast campaign of support has had a positive outcome in support of Antony’s life; it seems that the Appeal Federal Court has decided to revoke the sentence of the death penalty because the legal defense was so deficient as to render his conviction unconstitutional.
Arrested: May 10, 1992
Location: Union Correctional Institution, Raiford, Florida
Legal Status: Sentenced to death
Anthony Farina was only 18 years old when he was arrested for murder even though he had not killed anyone .
Anthony was arrested during a robbery at a fast food restaurant in Daytona Beach, Florida, when his sixteen year old brother, shot and killed a staff member. Anthony was not armed and did not pull the trigger. He is innocent of the crime of murder. But in accordance with the law that regulates the indirect murder in the United States, Anthony's brother, given his age, could not be sentenced to death. The prosecutor, therefore, decided to opt for the death penalty for Anthony, even though he had not killed anyone. If Anthony had been younger of only five months, today he would not be at risk of death. Currently Anthony has been spending more than half of his life in the death row waiting to be executed, and now he is 40 years old.
Anthony grew up in a tremendous poverty. He suffered sexual abuse of such gravity to cause him damages to the organs and to be removed from the protection of the mother for 18 months to be given to a nursing home, and during the entire period the mother visited him not even once. At home his mother induced Anthony and his brother to steal in order to support the family.
At the trial, the prosecutor used a manipulated version of the religious dogma to frighten the jury and cause them to convict Anthony to death. For example, the prosecutor made an instrumental use of the salvation doctrine, telling the jury that regardless of the method by which Anthony would have been killed, this would have represented for him a kind of emergency exit, in any case opening for him the doors of the heaven. Moreover the prosecutor claimed that even Jesus believed in the death penalty, as evidenced by the fact that during his crucifixion, he did not try to save the fellow who was suffering on the cross next to him.
Anthony has recently seen opening a thin ray of hope: an United States Federal Court has in fact decided a new hearing because the prosecutor made an improper use of religious rhetoric at the trial. But this is still a fragile victory. The prosecutor has already appealed the court's decision, and the decision might be overturned. Anthony hopes to get a new hearing, but even if this happened, the public prosecutor might, once again, try to get the death sentence for him. According to Anthony "The struggle for justice is far from being over ... my greatest fear is that people begin to believe that the fight is over and that I’ll find myself once again thrown into the lions' cage of this corrupt system".
Send a post-card to Anthony Farina. The Anthony's address is:
Anthony J.Farina, Jr., # 684135, UCI P6224, 7819 N. W. 228th Street, Raiford, FL32026 , USA.