"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

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- 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

Monday, February 12, 2007

From the LWOP "Ooops" List...

Michael Rodriguez, a Texas death-row inmate who had been in jail for hiring a hit man to kill his wife before breaking out of prison with six others and ultimately murdering a police officer, has asked to drop further appeals and be executed.

This poster child for the death penalty could not be deterred by life in prison without parole, which supposedly protects us all from such murderers.

Apparently, he did not get enough "stimuli and encouragement" in prison, which, according to the Vatican, would have incapacitated him as a further threat, and Officer Aubrey Hawkins (pictured at left) would not have been shot eleven times, leaving behind a wife and son.

Cases like this show why, no matter what the agitation level from abolitionists, the death penalty will always be a necessary option.

HT: Crime and Consequences.

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