"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, May 11, 2009

Incarceration: Rendering Offenders Harmless?

Maryland imperils citizens; effectively bans the death penalty by allowing it only when prosecutors have DNA evidence, videotaped evidence or a voluntary videotaped confession.

I guess Maryland never has to deal with someone like Thomas Ivey, executed on Friday by the state of South Carolina:

Authorities say Ivey’s crime spree began in January 1993, when he and another inmate escaped from the Barbour County Jail in Clayton, Ala., where Ivey was
being held on a murder charge
. Ivey and Vincent Neuman busted out of jail, stole a truck and drove to South Carolina, ending up in Neuman’s hometown of Columbia.There, authorities say the pair kidnapped businessman Robert Montgomery, who was working downtown with his janitorial service. Ivey and Neuman drove Montgomery to rural Orangeburg County. Neuman later testified that while there, Ivey shot Montgomery in the head and chest, leaving his body to be
discovered by hunters.Two days later, the pair visited a mall in Orangeburg, where a clerk accused them of trying to pass a stolen check. Harrison responded to the call but let Ivey go when he realized Neuman was trying to use the check.Ivey told police a handgun in his pocket fired accidentally as he walked away, and the bullet ricocheted off the floor, hitting Harrison in the leg. Ivey said he then panicked, shooting the officer five more times, according to court records.

But I have a feeling there are guys like Ivey in Maryland too.

R.I.P, Robert Montgomery and Sgt. Harrison.

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