Friday, September 12, 2014

Sr. Helen Prejean: "Botched" Nun

Sr. Helen Prejean: "Botched" Nun
by Dudley Sharp 

RE: 'Dead Man Walking' nun: 'Botched' executions unmask a botched system, 
By Moni Basu, CNN, August 6, 2014 

Format: The quotes are from the referenced article, followed by my REPLY.


1) "Ortiz maintains he was framed in a murder-for-hire scheme. Prejean believes his claim of innocence."



REPLY: The Sister has a history of false claims regarding innocence.  One among many:


DEATH OF TRUTH: (1) Book Review: "Sister Prejean's Lack of Credibility: Review of "The Death of Innocents".

"The book is moreover riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations."

"Williams had confessed to repeatedly stabbing his victim, Sonya Knippers." (1)


2)  "(Sr. Prejean) ministers to the worst of humanity because she believes in the restoration of life and that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity. That is what Jesus preached."

Reply:  Just sanctions, including the death penalty, recognize the dignity of  humans by holding them responsible for their actions, as can be found within over 2000 years of Catholic/Christian teachings (2), as  with the execution of St. Dismas, the good thief, who was restored into eternal salvation (2).


3) "It's part of the attitude here (Angola Prison). You committed a crime so you must always suffer," Prejean says.

Reply: This is a consistent theme of Sr. Prejean - murderers as the victims. 

As an almost universal rule, "always suffering" is not what the worst of the worst have in US prisons.

Prisons aren't concerned with punishment, they are about managing prisoners in a way that keeps the most peace, for all, inclusive of many perks for murderers.

Read "The Death of Punishment", by Robert Blecker


4)  "You are a son of God," Prejean tells death row inmates. "Christ is with you. What is being done to you is wrong. I will be there for you."

Reply: Yes, that is most common. That the murderer is the victim, that the death penalty is wrong . . . . Sr. Prejean does no emphasize what she should . . .  that the crime is wrong,  that the innocent murder victim deserved to live, that the murderer should beg and pray for forgiveness, that murderers should feel fully responsible for their crimes and be accountable for them, in recognition of the horror of their crimes.

As Case Detective Michael Vernado reveals in his book, regarding the rape/torture/murder of Faith Hathaway, a "Dead Man Walking" case:

" . . . (Prejean's) trying to mislead people in the book (Dead Man Walking). And that's something that she's going have to work out with herself." "(Sr. Prejean's) certainly not after giving anybody spiritual advice to try to save their soul." (1)

In the Dead Man Walking movie, murderer Matthew Poncelet repeats the final words of one of the real murderers, Robert Willie: “I would just like to say … that I hope you get some relief from my death. Killing people is wrong. That’s why you’ve put me to death. It makes no difference whether it’s citizens, countries, or governments. Killing is wrong.” (1)

Here, tragically, hauntingly, it seems that Sister Prejean has taught Willie to be an anti death penalty activist. The crucial elements of atonement, expiation, responsibility, sorrow and forgiveness are replaced by the  classic anti death penalty saying that all “Killing is wrong”,  the amoral position of equating murder and execution, violent crime and just sanction, the guilty murderer with the innocent victim – the worst set of messages for the murderer’s redemption.


5)  "Two troubled and recent executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, Prejean hopes, will trigger more opposition to carrying out the death penalty in the United States.

REPLY: For those who see murderers as the victims, it may help Sr. Prejean's efforts. But for those who look at the whole picture (3) of those two cases, they both provide ample justifiction for executions and no proof that either murderer suffered during their execution (3).


6) "A 2013 Gallup Poll found that 60% of Americans still support capital punishment . . . ".

REPLY: 86% US Death Penalty Support: Highest Ever - April 2013
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/11/86-death-penalty-support-highest-ever.html


7)  "(Sr. Prejean) remains convinced that if people could see the brutality of killing a human being, they might reconsider their support for the death penalty."

REPLY: See the pattern? Sr. Prejean is talking of the peaceful execution of the guilty murderers, not the incredible brutality of the murder of the innocent victims. That is Sr, Prejean's norm.

Prejean finds that THERE IS NO GREATER SUFFERING , MENTALLY, THAN BEING A GUILTY MURDERER ON DEATH ROW (4).

Did she consider the mental suffering of a parent who lost their innocent daughter to a rape/murder or, possibly, the mental (and physical) suffering of that girl, as she was being raped and murdered?

Of course the sister considered it and she made her choice - the murderer.


8) "Death penalty supporters accuse Prejean of having empathy for undeserving, coldblooded killers."

REPLY: The problem that I have with Sr. Prejean is her dishonesty and her elevating the guilty murderers above the innocent victims. Christianity calls for mercy and forgiveness and holds folks accountable for their actions, that all sinners, be they saints or serial murderers, die because of their sins and that salvation is the available gift to all, should our redemptive heats achieve eternal salvation, through the grace of God.

From the parents of rape/torture/murder victim Loretta Bourque, a "Dead Man Walking" Case:

" . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category."

"Being devout Catholics, 'the norm' would be to look to the church for support and healing. Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean." (1)


9)  Prejean: " (the death penalty) is random, arbitrary and capricious and disproportionately meted out to minorities and poor people. Race plays such a huge role. If you kill a person of color you are not likely to be condemned." " Almost 42% of death row inmates are black even though African-Americans make up about 12% of the U.S. population."

REPLY: Based upon the known facts, the death penalty, by design, is the least arbitrary and capricious sanction (5).

White murderers are twice as likely to be executed as are black murderers (6),

All murderers, regardless of race of their victims, are, extremely unlikely to be condemned to death, as very few murders qualify for death and it is seldom sought (6). White victim cases dominate death row, only because white victims dominate in capital murders (6). The 12% population rate is irrelevant. The relevant issue is committing murder and capital murders(6).

"99.8% of poor murderers have avoided execution (7)

It may be, solely, dependent upon the definition of "wealthy", as to whether wealthy murderers are any more or less likely to be executed, based upon the very small number and percentage of capital murders that are committed by the wealthy, as compared to the poor" (7).


10)  "The Harveys, Prejean says, could have watched Willie get electrocuted a thousand times and still it would never fill the void in their lives. Vernon Harvey, she says, was a thirsty man drinking a tall glass of salty water."

REPLY: Very sad that Sr. Prejean felt the need to do this.  I spoke to Elizabeth Harvery several times. Of course, no matter the sanction, they would never fill the void in their lives. The void was that their beloved daughter was tortured and murdered. The death penalty is justice and guarantees that such murderers can never harm or murder, again, a very big deal to folks like the Harveys.

Sr. Prejean, Vernon Harvey was suffering from grief and sadness. It's is too bad you couldn't see that, instead turning into your self fulfilling prophecy for your own ends.


10)  Prejean: "If a killer is sentenced to life in prison, he or she is locked up and never heard from again. But a condemned man?"

REPLY:  First, there are many infamous lifers (8). Secondly, what well publicized death row inmate has not been presented by anti death penalty folks? Who made the murderers in Dead Man Walking famous? Tell anti death penalty folks to stop doing it.


FOOTNOTES:

2)  New Testament Death Penalty Support Overwhelming
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-testament-death-penalty-support.html

3)  "This (Wood's execution in Az) doesn’t actually sound like a botched execution. This actually sounds like a typical scenario if you used that drug combination,” said Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sibert was speaking on behalf of the California Society of Anesthesiologists." "Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution", Associated Press, Washington Post, July 25, 2014

4) Prejean: Death penalty is torture, TimesLeader.com online, October 1, 2012,
www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/541638/Prejean--Death-penalty-is-torture.html?nav=5010

5)  THE DEATH PENALTY: LEAST ARBITRARY & CAPRICIOUS SANCTION
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-death-penalty-neither-arbitrary-nor.html

6)  RACE & THE DEATH PENALTY: A REBUTTAL TO THE RACISM CLAIMS
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/07/rebuttal-death-penalty-racism-claims.html

8)  Charles Manson (heard of him?), John Gotti (Teflon Don) , David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Gary Leon Ridgway (The "Green River Killer" ), Dennis Rader (BTK Killer),  Lyle and Erik Menendez, Paul Bernardo (Canada),  Roch Thériault (Canada) and on and on.

Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker), yes, I know he was sentenced to death, but California judges do all they can to turn death sentences into life sentences. Ramirez died of cancer, June, 2014, after 25 years on death row

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution


Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution
Dudley Sharp
 
"(Dr. Phillip) Nitschke called (nitrogen gas hypoxia) "flawless" . . .  Inhaling the pure nitrogen, patients lose consciousness immediately (in approximately 12 seconds) and die a few minutes later." ". . . extremely quick . . . no drugs . . . reliable, peaceful, available . . . " (1).
 
No panic nor suffocation effect with nitrogen.
 
"Close contact with an enclosed inert gas (as nitrogen) is lethal because it flushes oxygen from the body, but released into the open air, it quickly disperses, and is safe for others." (2) A sealed gas chamber is not required - just an oxygen mask and a secured prisoner.
 
1)"Exit International's euthanasia device", Euthanasia device, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_device#Exit_International.27s_euthanasia_device, viewed/copied 3/13/2104.
 
2) "Inert gas asphyxiation", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inert_gas_asphyxiation, viewed/copied 3/13/2014
 
also
  
International Humanitarian Hypoxia Project
 
Is There A More Humane Way To Kill?, Lawrence Gist II, 6/22/09
http://express-press-release.net/62/Is%20There%20A%20More%20Humane%20Way%20To%20Kill.php
 
Creque, S.A. "Killing with kindness – capital punishment by nitrogen asphyxiation" National Review. 1995-9-11.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution
Dudley Sharp

Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do.

During a home invasion and kidnapping:

A, completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (1).

Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (1).

Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse. 

Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (2), just as he was before these crimes.

In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his death, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.

Remember Stephanie and Summer.

Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster murderer to fight death penalty support.

Anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.

Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention.  Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains.

Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.

LOCKETT"S BOTCHED EXECUTION

Death penalty opponents, in all states, are using Lockett's "botched" execution, in Oklahoma,  to call for an end to execution, as is New Hampshire.

Odd. Oklahoma has a history of successful executions, which is, somehow, being forgotten.

Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections have any problems (cut downs are not problems, but solutions).

Could Lockett have exhibited those noises and movements while unconscious? Of course. Could he have been conscious? Of course.

"Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, which performed (Lockett's) autopsy, concluded that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection." But the report does not answer why the execution took so long and why Lockett writhed on the gurney." He " . . . succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack . . ."  (4)

At this point, no one even knows, for sure, if Lockett suffered. 

"Toxicology reports said all three lethal drugs were found in Lockett's system — the sedative in brain tissue and elsewhere and the other drugs in his blood." (4)

This makes it less likely that he suffered.

But, we do know what happened to Stephanie and Summer. Don't forget them.

With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed.

So, let's wait until the full report and stop any blind speculation.

We know what happened with all the blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3) in Ohio. Let's not continue duplicating that nonsense with Lockett.

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Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution 
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/09/nitrogen-gas-flawless-peaceful.html 

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1) "Clayton Lockett (states): 'IN REALITY I AM PROBABLY THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CRIMINAL'  . . .  'CAUSE I'M AN ASSASIN - POINT BLANK' "
http://www.ok.gov/oag/documents/Lockett%20Clemency%20brf.pdf

2) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014,
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/friends-victim-zero-sympathy-clayton-lockett-inmate-botched-okla-execution-article-1.1777463

3) The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-imagined-horror-of-dennis-mcguires.html

4)  "Drugs, Not Heart Attack, Killed Clayton Lockett In Oklahoma Execution: Autopsy", Tim Talley, AP, 08/28/2014

No "Botched" Execution - Arizona (or Ohio)

No "Botched" Execution - Arizona (or Ohio)
Dudley Sharp

"In 1989, (Wood) hunted down and shot to death his former girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz." (1)

"Debra Dietz's sister, Jeanne Brown, who was at the execution, said, 'Everybody here said (the execution) was excruciating. You don't know what excruciating is. Seeing your dad lying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister lying there in a pool of blood, that's excruciating.'  " (1)

"No one who witnessed the execution has said Wood ever woke up. It simply took a long time for him to die." (1)

"(Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan) said IV lines in the inmate’s arms were “perfectly placed” and insisted that Wood felt no pain. " (2)

He is correct (3), there could have been no pain, only sedation, sleep, coma and death (with apnea, shortness of breath, wheezing, other noises, etc. common).

"Anesthesiology experts say they’re not surprised that the combination of drugs took so long to kill Wood." (2)

“This doesn’t actually sound like a botched execution. This actually sounds like a typical scenario if you used that drug combination,” said Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sibert was speaking on behalf of the California Society of Anesthesiologists." (2)

"Dr. Zivot said that midazolam acts 'like a key in a lock,' attaching to a receptor in the body and causing sedation. Once the receptor is saturated, he said, 'it doesn’t matter if you give the person 500 additional doses or five million doses. It won’t have any more effect.'  " (4)

"The documents showed that Mr. Ryan personally directed the execution team to use the additional (14) doses. In his statement, Mr. Ryan said the doses ensured that '(Wood) remained deeply sedated throughout the process, and did not endure pain."  " (4).

For an equally peaceful death, but a quicker one, use  pentobarbital or nitrogen gas, the effects of which are well known.

“ '(Wood's) sedation level was continually monitored and verified by the IV team,' Mr. Ryan said. The intravenous team included a doctor, he said." (4)

Wood's breathing, wheezing and/or gasping is a product of respiratory distress, as expected.

That is easy for anyone to determine.

1) Interview neutral, competent anesthesiologists.
2) Review the pharmacological characteristics of the drugs and their overdosing symptoms.
Very basic. Very easy,  just as with the Ohio execution of Dennis McGuire (5), another case where folks jumped to the wrong conclusions.

DRUG MANUFACTURERS ETHICS

For alleged ethical reasons, European pharmaceutical companies, as well as the European Union,  have denied US execution jurisdictions the use of preferred drugs sodium  thiopental, propofol and others, thereby, knowingly bringing greater risk of pain and suffering for death row murderers as well as putting more innocent patients at risk, in their effort to spare murderers lives, for which they have had no success,  even though they would not deny those same drugs for euthanasia or abortion, even though both are banned by the Hippocratic Oath, but the death penalty is not (6).

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Nitrogen Gas; Flawless, peaceful, unrestricted method of execution 
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/09/nitrogen-gas-flawless-peaceful.html

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Also see:

The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-imagined-horror-of-dennis-mcguires.html

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution (Oklahoma)
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/08/clayton-lockett-case-for-execution.html
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1)   Execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was NOT botched, EJ Montini, columnist, azcentral.com, 7/24/2014

2) "Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution", Associated Press, Washington Post, July 25, 2014

3) Autopsy doctor finds nothing out of the ordinary in inmate’s execution, Gary Grado  Arizona Capital Times, July 25, 2014.

4)   "Executed Arizona Inmate Got 15 Times Standard Dose, Lawyers Say", Fernanda Santos, New York Times,  AUG. 1, 2014

5)  The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-imagined-horror-of-dennis-mcguires.html


6)  Physicians & The State Execution of Murderers: No Medical Ethics Dilemma
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2009/10/physicians-state-execution-of-murderers.html




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution

Clayton Lockett: The Case for Execution
Dudley Sharp

Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do.

During a home invasion and kidnapping:

A completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (1).

Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and at different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (1).

Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse. 

Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (2), just as he was before these crimes.

In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his death, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.

Remember Stephanie and Summer.

Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster murderer to fight death penalty support.

Anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.

Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention.  Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains. 

Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.

LOCKETT"S BOTCHED EXECUTION

Death penalty opponents, in all states, are using Lockett's botched execution, in Oklahoma,  to call for an end to execution.

Odd. Oklahoma has a history of successful executions, which is, somehow, being forgotten.

Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections have any problems (cut downs are not problems, but solutions).

Could Lockett have exhibited those noises and movements while unconscious? Of course. 

Do people who overdose on drugs snort, moan, groan, move, have spasms and cry out, while unconscious? Of course, just as some people do while they are asleep.

Could Lockett have been conscious? Of course.

At this point, no one even knows, for sure, if Lockett suffered. Depending upon how much of the drugs were administered IV and how much, intra muscular, after his vein blow out, we cannot know if he suffered or if he was conscious. Hopefully, the autopsy and expected review can tell us.

But, we do know what happened to Stephanie and Summer. Don't forget them.

Blow outs are not uncommon, with IV administration, worldwide. They are no big deal.

With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go, which Oklahoma did not have. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, from the blow out, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed.

So, let's wait until the full report and stop any blind speculation.

We know what happened with all the blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3) in 
Ohio. Let's not duplicate that nonsense with Lockett.

1) "Clayton Lockett (states): 'IN REALITY I AM PROBABLY THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CRIMINAL'  . . .  'CAUSE I'M AN ASSASIN - POINT BLANK' "
http://www.ok.gov/oag/documents/Lockett%20Clemency%20brf.pdf

2) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014,
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/friends-victim-zero-sympathy-clayton-lockett-inmate-botched-okla-execution-article-1.1777463

3) The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-imagined-horror-of-dennis-mcguires.html

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Anti Victim: Anti Death Penalty Movement

Anti Victim:  Anti Death Penalty Movement 
Dudley Sharp 

Can you be anti death penalty and pro victim? 

Of course, many are and this is not about you. Consider that the death penalty is sought for justice (1), as are all sanctions,  and that more innocent lives are, additionally, more protected with the death penalty and, therefore, more innocent lives are lost without the death penalty (2). 


Anti Victim: The Anti Death Penalty Movement  

This is about the anti death penalty movement and those who chose an anti victim strategy. 

Neither the truth nor innocent murder victims nor their loved ones will stand in the way of those anti death penalty activists, who must save murderers lives, at any cost. 


An anti death penalty strategy and mantra could well be:

"Our efforts are so harmful to murder victim's families, you must stop the death penalty". 



1) Murder Victims' Families Against The Death Penalty (MVFADP) : More Hurt For Victims Families 

"MVFADP are, actively, seeking to deny the moral and legal option to pursue the death penalty to those who have lost loved ones to murder and who support the death penalty. Thus, the MVFADP are, intentionally hurtful and divisive, when they need not be." (3).

"Instead of being divisive and hurtful, why can't MVFADP, a vast minority (4),  just say, "we oppose the death penalty, but respect your right to support the death penalty in your case."? MVFADP won't support other victims in that fashion because their sole goal is to save all murderers, not to help any victims who feel differently (a vast majority (4)  but, in fact, working against them." (3). 

 
2) Making Murderers the Victims: The (imagined) Horror of  Ohio's Dennis McGuire Execution 

There are so many of these cases, but here is a recent one, which made many headlines. 

"The Horror is that anti death penalty folks and their allies in the media will have 10,000 more articles about the imagined suffering of this executed rapist/torturer/murderer than they did about the real suffering of his victims, Joy Stewart, her husband Kenny, unborn child Carl and their families and friends.

There is no indication that McGuire was in pain, at any time, or that he was conscious after the first 1-3 minutes of the 25 minute execution process, as pharmacological realities would dictate (5). 

Yet, virtually all anti death penalty groups presented this case as evidence of the suffering of the murderer. 

There is every indication that Joy Stewart was conscious throughout the eternal horror of her savage rape and murder. McGuire forced Joy from her car, choked her, attempted to rape her vaginally, raped her anally, slashed her throat so deeply it severed both her carotid artery and jugular vein, all the while Joy realizing the horror of her own death, as well as that of her unborn child. 

The baby’s name would have been Carl, his mother’s grave marker shows. 

Joy's husband, Kenny, committed suicide within a year after their murders." (5) 


3) Making Guilty Murderers "Innocent": Incredible Harm to Murder Victim's Families --  Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy  

The innocence frauds of the anti death penalty movement are epic in scope and over time (6) and are well known to both sides of the debate. When death penalty opponents falsely proclaim guilty murderers to be innocent, do they give any thought as to how that impacts the murder victim's families? Yes.  It is impossible for them not to know how hurtful those frauds are. 

While death penalty opponents main concern is that  murderers must live, no matter the cost, the harm to victim survivors could, easily, be part of their strategy. Anti death penalty folks , often, use harm to victim survivors, as a reason to call for an end to the death penalty, even if those anti death penalty folks are the cause of that harm. 

Just like their stating that the long delays in appeal are harmful to those victim survivors, when it is death penalty opponents, themselves, who do all they can to create that delay. 

An anti death penalty strategy and mantra could well be:

"Our efforts are so harmful to murder victim's families, you must stop the death penalty". 


4) Sister Helen Prejean: Murderers are more harmed than are murder victims or their loved ones 

a) "After years of activism with murderers and their victim survivors,  Sr. Prejean finds that there is no greater suffering than being a guilty murderer on death row. Did she consider the mental suffering of a parent who lost their innocent daughter to a rape/murder or, possibly, the mental (and physical) suffering of that girl, as she was being raped and murdered?  Of course the sister considered it and she made her choice - the murderer." (7) 

"Over the next 36 hours, (Holly) Washa was tortured and raped in a Seattle motel"  "(the now executed rapist/murder) Brown was arrested four days later in California, after a brutal rape and knife attack on a 33-year-old woman in a hotel there. That victim lived to call 911."  ("Relief found in killer's execution", John Ferak, (Omaha) WORLD-HERALD, September 15, 2010, 6:14 am)

b) The parents of rape/torture/murder victim Loretta Bourque, a "Dead Man Walking" Case, state:

 " . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category." "Being devout Catholics, 'the norm' would be to look to the church for support and healing.

 Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean."  (7) 

c) " . . . despite repeated claims that (Prejean) cares about crime victims, (she) implies that the victim's husband was a more likely suspect but was overlooked because the authorities wanted to convict a black man."  " . . . a Federal District Court . . . stated that 'the evidence against Williams was overwhelming.' " "The same court also did "not find any evidence of racial bias specific to this case."  (7) 

It can, hardly, get much worse. 


5)  How grotesque can an anti death penalty person be? 

Defense attorney Thomas Ullmann defended Steven Hayes in the capital murder trial of the three rape/torture/murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, who was raped and strangled to death, along with her two daughters, 17-year-old Haley and 11-year-old Michaela. Michaela, who was sexually assaulted. Both girls were burned alive and died of smoke inhalation. Dr. Bill Petit was beaten with a baseball bat, suffers permanent injuries, but survived. He is the sole survivor from his immediate family.

When the day came for sentencing Hayes to death, what did Ullman say?

"Today when the court sentences Steven Hayes to death everyone becomes a killer. We all become Steven Hayes." (8)

Ullman said that with Bill Petit, the extended Hawke/Petit family, loved ones and friends in the courtroom. Ullman called all of them Steven Hayes, as well as all others who find the death penalty a just and appropriate punishment for horrendous crimes.

The moral decay of Ullman's statement is hard to fathom, as is the profound cruelty of when and where he voiced it (8). 


6) Sparing the lives of guilty murderers over saving more innocents from murder

The latest anti death penalty mantra is, "If just one innocent can be spared from execution, we must end the death penalty."

Well known anti death penalty scholars "(Charles) Black and (Hugo Adam ) Bedau said they would favor abolishing the death penalty even if they knew that doing so would increase the homicide rate by 1,000 percent.", which means their choice would be to spare the lives of 1300 guilty murderers (executed from 1973-2013) over saving an additional 6.3 million innocent lives, taken by murder (9).

Grotesque.

Ernest van den Haag interviewed well known anti death penalty activists, asking them, if it was proven that 100 innocent lives were spared per execution, via deterrence, would you still oppose the death penalty. All said yes, meaning, based upon our 1300 executions (1973-2013), they chose sparing the lives of 1300 guilty murderers over saving the lives of 130,000 innocents from murder (9). 

Saving guilty murderers, no matter the cost in innocent lives. Incredible, but true.


7)  How grotesque can an anti death penalty corporate environment be?

In January 2000, Benetton, an Italian clothing company, launched a campaign - "We on Death Row" that focused, only, on death row inmates, in an anti death penalty effort.

Oliviero Toscani, for 18 years the creative director of Benetton. created this grotesque campaign, featuring 26 death row murderers, rapist/murderers, multiple and serial murderers and torturer/ murderers, responsible for, at least, 45 murders of innocents (see crimes, here: http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/benetton.htm)

There was no remorse for the crimes, no remorse for innocent victims.  Zero.

A morally grotesque "advertising campaign".

The moral outrage was so overwhelming that the campaign, waged in 13 languages, around the globe, on billboards and magazines,  costing $20 million, was withdrawn.

Tocania was proud, both before and after the moral outrage.

Toscani, maintains the state is even more brutal than the murderers. "Any serial killer is an amateur compared to state of Texas." (Paraphrase: "Catalog Of Killers: Benetton Creates A Controversial Ad Campaign", CBSNews.com staff, 5/30/2000)

It is a standard example of anti death penalty willful blindness to the obvious moral differences between innocent victims and their guilty murderers, between crime and punishment (10).



8) Murder Victim Survivors as Hateful Vengeance Seekers 

"The whole idea, by anti death penalty activists, is to create an image of murder victims' survivors, who support the death penalty, as emotional, hateful, unthinking vengeance seekers, as opposed to thoughtful, loving and grieving people who seek justice through a proportional, just sanction - a sanction that also saves more innocent lives  --  a call for justice and mercy."

 It seems never ending that anti death penalty folks say the death penalty has a foundation in revenge and hate (7 & 10), thereby calling those murder victims survivors, who support the death penalty, hateful vengeance seekers.  

Just another hateful strategy.


9) The Death Penalty Isn't Closure 

"The concept of emotional "closure" via execution is, often, a fantasy perpetrated by anti death penalty folks, just so they can denounce it, with a talking point, as in: "Those supporting capital punishment claim that closure is a major reason to support the death penalty - but there is no closure."  (11) 

The closure is in the justice of the execution, the end of appeals and the relief that the murderer can no longer harm, again.

"I know of no victim survivor who believes that execution could bring that type of closure. How could it? No punishment can, nor is that the intention." (11)

"Ina Prechtl, who lost her daughter Felecia Prechtl. to a rape /murder said, after watching Karl Chamberlain executed: "One question I ask myself every day, why does it take so long for justice to be served?" It took 17 years for the execution." (11) 

"(Kidnap/rape/murder victim) Cheryl Payton's sister, Susan Payton, said, "On this (execution) day, we're uncertain that you could define today as closure. It is like a chapter in a book that you just read the next chapter and you hope that the next chapter might be better" ' (11) 

"There may not be closure today. I think there is peace," said Judge Brendon Sheehan said, after the execution of his father's murderer. (11)


10)  If Executions Provide Expiation, Murderers are More Victimized, by Allowing Them to Live 

For the religious, there can be no greater restorative justice than salvation, more likely with the expiation of execution (12). 

Romano Amerio: “The most irreligious aspect of this argument against capital punishment is that it denies its expiatory value which, from a religious point of view, is of the highest importance because it can include a final consent to give up the greatest of all worldly goods."
"This fits exactly with St. Thomas’s opinion that as well as canceling out any debt that the criminal owes to civil society, capital punishment can cancel all punishment due in the life to come. His thought is . . . Summa, ‘Even death inflicted as a punishment for crimes takes away the whole punishment due for those crimes in the next life, or a least part of that punishment, according to the quantities of guilt, resignation and contrition; but a natural death does not.’ " (12)

Saint (& Pope) Pius V, "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566).

"paramount obedience".

 

Interesting turn of events - anti death penalty folks causing more eternal harm to murderers.


and on and on and on  . . .

FOOTNOTES

1)  3300 quotes of moral, rational and religious support for the death penalty
http://prodpquotes.info/ 

2) The death penalty protects innocent lives, in three ways, better than does life without parole (LWOP). Enhanced due process, enhanced incapacitation and enhanced deterrence. The first two are unchallenged. Enhanced deterrence is, unreasonably, challenged.  The anecdotal evidence that the death penalty deters more than LWOP is overwhelming. In addition, life is preferred over death, death is feared more than life - a truism for, nearly, all. 

see Paragraph 1) PRO DEATH PENALTY: THE DEATH PENALTY PROTECTS MORE INNOCENT LIVES

within 
The Death Penalty: Do Innocents Matter?  A Review of All Innocence Issues 
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-death-penalty-do-innocents-matter.html 
and
OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/03/of-course-death-penalty-deters.html 

3)  a) Murder Victims' Families Against The Death Penalty (MVFADP) : More Hurt For Victims Families  
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/04/victims-families-for-death-penalty.html 

       b) Rep. Renny Cushing: New Hampshire
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/04/rep-renny-cushing-new-hampshire.html 

4) See FOOTNOTE (2) 95% Murder victims' survivors death penalty support
  and 
US Death Penalty Support at 80%: World Support Remains High
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/04/us-death-penalty-support-at-80-world.html 

5) The (imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-imagined-horror-of-dennis-mcguires.html 

6)    The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-innocent-frauds-standard-anti-death.html 

7) Sister Helen Prejean: A Critical Review
 http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/sister-helen-prejean-critical-review.html 

8) How Grotesque Can An Anti Death Person Be? 
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-grotesque-can-anti-death-penalty.html 

9) see Paragraph 2) ANTI DEATH PENALTY: SPARING MURDERERS, NO MATTER THE COST 
within 
The Death Penalty: Do Innocents Matter?  A Review of All Innocence Issues
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-death-penalty-do-innocents-matter.html 

10)   a)  The Death Penalty: Neither Hatred nor Revenge
http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/07/20/the-death-penalty-neither-hatred-nor-revenge.aspx 

          b)  Killing Equals Killing: The Amoral Confusion of Death Penalty Opponents
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/is-execution-closure-of-course.html 

12)   a) The Death Penalty: Mercy, Expiation, Redemption & Salvation