Pog Mo Thoin.” That’s Gaelic for kiss my ass.
Robert Gleason’s final words. He was executed in Virginia at 9:08 p.m. - via @jjouvenal
Y’all do understand that I came here a sinner and leaving a saint,” he said. “Take me home Jesus, take me home Lord, take me home Lord!
The last of words of Marvin Wilson, executed in Texas - Salon.com
I would like the firing squad, please
Ronnie Lee Gardner - Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate’s request for the method, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice. Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for killing an attorney 25 years ago during a failed escape attempt and shootout.
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wow! are we a third world nation?
From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored to develop rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle the court’s delusion that the desired level of fairness has been achieved, I feel obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed. It is virtually self-evident to me now that no combination of procedural rules or substantive regulations ever can save the death penalty from its inherent constitutional deficiencies. Perhaps one day this court will develop procedural rules or verbal formulas that actually will provide consistency, fairness and reliability in a capital-sentencing scheme. I am not optimistic that such a day will come. I am more optimistic, though, that this court eventually will conclude that the effort to eliminate arbitrariness while preserving fairness ‘in the infliction of [death] is so plainly doomed to failure that it and the death penalty must be abandoned altogether’ (Godfrey v. Georgia, 1980). I may not live to see that day, but I have faith that eventually it will arrive.
Former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun
(b. November 12, 1908), dissenting in a 1994 death penalty case. (via savingpaper