November 10, 2009

I'm no fan of the death penalty

But this one doesn't bother me* too much:
Shortly after 9 p.m., the executioners will inject Mr. Muhammad with a series of chemicals, ending with a fatal dose of potassium chloride, according to prison officials.
Governor Will Not Stay Sniper Execution
Tim Kaine, Virginia's first Roman Catholic governor, has openly expressed his faith-based opposition to capital punishment, but promised as a candidate in 2005 that he would carry out Virginia's death penalty law despite his beliefs.
Mr. Muhammed, as the Times calls him, was a terrorist and capital punishment — like it or not — is pretty clearly authorized by both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

It's too bad H.L. Mencken's "On Hanging A Man" isn't online.

* This one does.


Heraldblog said...

Orwell wrote about a hanging:

Clutch said...

This one does.

What, bogus evidence and fictitious review procedures leading to executions bothers you?

Liberal moonbat.

illusory tenant said...

Elitist, also, as I'm not surprised a Texas jury swallowed the prosecutor's "Satan worshiper" routine because the guy had an Iron Maiden poster on his wall.

James Wigderson said...

Whether or not the death penality is authorized, do you think it should have been carried out in John Muhammed's case, and what did it accomplish?

illusory tenant said...

1) No, because I think the DP should be abolished and 2) it accomplished Muhammed's demise. Other than that, it's not for me to say as apparently among its purposes is to assuage the grief of the victims' families, and I wouldn't consider myself to be among those.