"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, December 22, 2010

Oregon Jury: Death for "Extremists"

From the AP:
A jury Wednesday recommended that a father and his son be sentenced to death for planting a bomb that exploded inside an Oregon bank two years ago, killing two police officers and maiming a third.
In a trial that spanned three months, prosecutors portrayed Bruce and Joshua Turnidge as bigoted men who hated authorities, were desperate for money and feared that newly elected President Barack Obama would take away their guns.
Prosecutors urged jurors to sentence the men to death to prevent them from endangering prison staff or preaching their hatred for authorities to young prisoners who will someday be released. As convicted cop killers, the Turnidges will be popular in prison, they said.
A suprising verdict given the jurisdiction (left coast of Oregon) and an interesting argument for future dangerousness: beside the obvious continuing threat these anarchists would pose to the prison staff, the prosecution cited the danger that their anti-authoritarian, anti-government philosophy would be absorbed by the impressionable young inmates of the Oregon penal system.

Hmmm. Not so sure the reasoning is sound on the last point (after all, these impressionable young thugs are already not exactly Rotarians), but killing two police officers, one of whom was the bomb technician trying to disarm the bomb, coupled with their paranoid philosophy, is proof enough that these offenders would be future threats.

One wonders, though, if the jury in liberal western Oregon might not have been more offended, yea, verily, even unto death, by the viewpoints of these defendants, and thus more likely to buy the prosecution's "contamination" future dangerousness argument as the hook on which to hang their death sentence.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sprung Murderer Victimizes Again

From the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch:
A man who spent 18 years on Death Row for killing a Columbus auxiliary police officer is back in prison for robbing a woman in Franklinton.
Thomas Anderson, 57, is at the London Correctional Institution serving a five-year sentence imposed in May by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Julie M. Lynch.
Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of robbery for punching a woman who confronted him for taking a purse and cell phone from her car at W. Rich Street and S. Central Avenue on Oct. 19, 2009.
It was the seventh felony charge filed against him since his release from a life sentence in 1988.
Anderson was 17 when he was sentenced to die in the electric chair in 1970 for the murder of auxiliary Sgt. Lawrence V. Kipfinger during a robbery at a North Side convenience store. In 1972, the Ohio Supreme Court changed the sentence to life in prison, making Anderson eligible for parole.
Another murderer who would not be victimizing citizens again if Ohio had meted out the punishment that fit his crime of murdering a police officer.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Evil Weed?

Smoking marijuana can suppress the body's immune system, which explains why pot-smokers are more susceptible than non-smokers to certain cancers and infections, according to a new study.
This effect of marijuana is due to chemicals in the drug that fire up the body's production of immune system cells called myeloid-derived suppressor cells. While most immune system cells are protective — fighting infections and
cancers to keep a person healthy — these cells suppress the immune system, keeping it in check, according to the study.
'Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs of abuse worldwide, and it is already believed to suppress
immune functions, making the user more susceptible to infections and some types of cancer,' Prakash Nagarkatti, a microbiology and
pathology professor at the University of South Carolina, said in a statement.
I won't be holding my breath for the legalization ideologues to slow their efforts.