"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

Friday, October 29, 2010

Escaped Murderer Who Killed Again Finally Rendered Harmless

Arizona executed Jeffrey Landrigan for murder Tuesday night.

The pertinent summary of his case, by Justice Thomas writing the majority opinion for the denial of Landrigan's habeas appeal:
Jeffrey Landrigan was convicted in Oklahoma of second-degree murder in 1982. In
1986, while in custody for that murder, Landrigan repeatedly stabbed another inmate and was subsequently convicted of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Three years later, Landrigan escaped from prison and murdered Chester Dean Dyer in Arizona.
The last minute legal wrangling consisted of Landrigan's lawyers majoring in minors by attempting to argue that the execution would be cruel and unusual because Arizona apparently obtained the lethal drug dose from a non-FDA approved source in Great Britain.

I dunno, we've had Supreme Court justices suggest that our Constitution be interpreted by looking to the laws of other countries. If we can safely look to England for guidance on interpreting our Constitution, why can't we borrow some sodium thiopental from them to execute our murderers?

Landrigan's case proves yet again that there are no possibilities available to us to render certain offenders harmless, and that the only way to protect society is to execute these offenders.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Justice in Connecticut

Every time people think capital punishment is not needed anymore, a case like this comes along to remind us that there are some crimes so heinous that nothing short of execution will come close to addressing the evil wrought by the offenders.

"A paroled burglar was convicted Tuesday of murdering a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror inside the family's home in a well-to-do Connecticut town." After assaulting and tying up the husband and father, Dr. William Petit, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky forced his wife to withdraw money from a bank and then sexually assaulted and strangled her to death.

Then, turning to the 11 and 17 year old daughters of the family, the two men repeatedly raped them, then tied them both up, doused them with gasoline, and torched the house with the girls still alive inside.

"A medical examiner described a painful and panic-stricken smoke inhalation death likely suffered by Michaela. Seventeen-year-old Hayley's injuries suggested she was burned as she tried to flee."

It's truly mind-boggling to consider the horror and suffering these innocent people endured in those terrifying last hours of their lives, and conclude that these two vile perpetrators should continue living.