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Monday, April 21, 2008

RF23 - Still Pro Death Penalty....

Over the weekend, I caught a documentary that I've seen on HBO and now on A&E, the execution of the Wanda Jean Allen. Allen was the first black woman since 1954 to be executed since the death penalty was re-instated back to the states.

Now of course, the documentary was supposed to make the audience feel sorry for Allen, feel opposition towards the death penalty and of course find some type of compassion for a woman, who had it rough coming up, controversy as to her educational background and of course, she's black.

No where in the documentary, did the audience get a chance to feel sorry for the two women she murdered. No where did the audience get to say, "well damn, you got off easy on the first murder charge, by serving only two to three years and then you turn around and do it again." No how many bites of the apple does one get? How many murders will an anti-death penalty advocate accept before they even say, "damn, I can't do nothing for ya, mayne?"

Look I get that these criminals find the light and guidance of religion and yes, according to his word, Jesus does forgive...but like Tookie Williams, no matter how redemptive and repentant...Justice needs to be served, a wrong needs to be righted and quite frankly, if you take a life...you gotta give a life. The death penalty is my only tit for tat, I'll accept. And to tell the truth, for the SCOTUS to have wasted it's time in reviewing whether or not lethal injection is humane. How about asking the relatives of the victims, who had to have closed caskets or opt to cremate, because of the gruelsome act. And that is what's lost in this whole thing, the victim...Where is the justice for that victim? Who protests for them vigorously on the news? And oh yeah, Jesse Jackson protested over this prisoner's execution in 2001 after comparing her death to Martin Luther King, Jr.

You know what else I got from this documentary, well I can make it political, but this is an social issue, but back to what else, the executed prisoner had someone working hard to keep her alive, gave her the best shot to beat the death rap and the system, like it should, the system did it's job. Now how come we can't have the same thing in California? Well, one, there's no money for these long drawn out appeals process for attorneys. Two, the state doesn't pay enough for the prosecuter side to see these things through, so the few who are in the courtroom trenches are backed up with cases, which takes too damn long to get these prisoners executed. Meanwhile states like Oklahoma, where the executed received her actual punishment and justice was served by the people. They got it right, by not dragging the family down this emotional rollercoaster ride, no one paid admission for or wanted part of. If executed Allen really had remorse for her murder(s), she should have saved the state the money of housing her for 10-12 years and paying a physician to carry out the wishes of the people of Oklahoma, by killing herself in front of the same police station, where she shot her second victim, an ex-girlfriend and cellmate. Better yet, why are we questioning the method of death of convicted murderers? Russia and other countries got it right, a bullet to the head, a rope around the neck or french revolution ol skool...the chopping off with the head.

I'm sure murders will slow down if a person is aware that their head could resemble the holes in a coconut, they can swing like a tea bag or be a dropped head of lettuce....

The executed: http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/allen687.htm

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