"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

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hand Wringing Time

Apparently, we're to be concerned that executions are resuming after the manufactured "crisis" over whether lethal injection is constitutional; the NY Times gravely warns that "questions of fairness" still becloud the capital punishment landscape.

The object of all this hand wringing is the execution last night of a Georgia inmate, William Earl Lynd, convicted
for brutally shooting his girlfriend, Virginia 'Ginger' Moore, during an argument two days before Christmas 1988.... Leaving her in a shallow grave, Lynd drove to the Ohio-West Virginia area, a region where he had lived during his youth. There, he shot a school teacher during a bungled robbery on Christmas day. The teacher died of complications from her wounds.

No one disputes Lynd's factual guilt, but in the usual post-trial second guessing his appellate team came up with the complaint that defense counsel had failed to tell the jury about Lynd supposedly having been sexually molested by neighbors at age 8.

Well, then, that just explains everything. He had to blow his girlfriend's brains out and kill another person in cold blood to assuage his bad feelings at being molested more than 40 years before.

If you don't understand the compelling logic of this, you obviously need to go to law school.

Next up: final justice for one of the most vile murderers of recent memory, "undocumented worker" Jose Medellin.

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