"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, July 13, 2006

An Encore for Ole Sparky?

Our next scheduled execution in Virginia is that of Brandon Wayne Hedrick, who brutally murdered a helpless woman whom he and an accomplice had robbed and abducted. The victim was kneeling down and begging for her life by pleading that she had two children, and offered to do anything to avoid being killed. After forcing her to perform oral sex on him, Hedrick put a shotgun to her head and pulled the trigger. As the federal judge considering his habeas corpus petition summarized:
There is no dispute but that Brandon Wayne Hedrick and an accomplice robbed and had sex with Lisa Yvonne Alexander Crider, abducted her at gunpoint, drove her to a remote location near a river, dragged her to the riverbank as she cried and begged for mercy, shot her in the face at close range with a shotgun, and returned to their apartment and went to sleep. In fact, against the advice of counsel, whom Hedrick now disparages, Hedrick spoke with law enforcement officials and admitted as much. Hedrick, however, disputes evidence that he raped and forcibly sodomized Crider, and he contends he only intended to scare, not kill, her. He now brings this Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 blaming his counsel for his conviction and death sentence. But from a thorough review of the record, the court cannot identify anything counsel did or did not do that prejudiced Hedrick and finds no other ground to grant Hedrick’s petition and accordingly dismisses it.
(Read the case here).

The usual crowd is out pleading for this dirtbag's life, especially since Hedrick is apparently choosing to be executed by electric chair, not lethal injection, something that hasn't occured for some long while in Virginia:
Jack Payden-Travers, executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, told the Associated Press that Hedrick’s choice of electrocution suggests he might be mentally impaired.
“Can a mildly mentally retarded individual voluntarily choose?” said Payden-Travers, who has met with Hedrick several times. “Brandon is very impressionable - he’s very easily swayed.”
The facts of this case show that Hedrick patently could choose, and did choose, and he was expressly found competent and sane at trial, so Payden-Traver's cheap armchair mental analysis is as phony as it is groundless.

Will Tim Kaine, our fearless governor, who badly wants to empty death row but has to maintain his "political viability," stay the execution, as the criminal apologists want? Stay tuned...

Oh yes, and one more fact to throw into the mix: Hedrick is white, his victim was black. So now's the opportunity to "even the score," since the left seems to think not enough murders of black victims are punished by death. True, the abolitionists use this observation to argue that the death penalty should be outlawed as unfair-- but why not fix this "problem" by making sure we execute more deserving defendants like Hedrick who kill black victims?


Anonymous said...

This is strange. Kennedy has only spoken of foreign law in the context of the 8th amendment, or in areas of the constitution that specifically refer to foreign law. (Ironically, Virginia statutes included many references to foreign law, too.) It would be inconsistent to view the 5th or 6th amendments in terms of foreign law. It might help to actually quote Kennedy. I realize it reduces your rhetorical punch (and perhaps fangirl letters), but it would advance the conversation.

Tom McKenna said...

I know you're a little testy, today, anon, but I think you meant to post this comment to the previous posting.

Faithmy said...

As a sign of solidarity, I will even turn off a light that night to save the juice for him.