"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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Idaho Metes Out Justice

Idaho executes triple murderer.

Paul Rhodes went on a random killing spree in 1987. From the Supreme Court of Idaho's recitation of the facts in one of his convictions we learn that he first,
kidnapped twenty-one-year-old Stacy Baldwin from the Mini Barn convenience store in Blackfoot, Idaho, on February 28, 1987.   He drove her to a secluded area near the Snake River and shot her multiple times when she resisted his attack and attempted to escape.   One of the bullets pierced her lungs, and she died about one hour after he left her in the snow.
Then came 20 year old Nolan Haddon, who "died after lying overnight in a walk-in cooler at the Idaho Falls convenience store where he worked as a clerk. He had been shot five times, and his spinal cord had been severed."
Lastly, he brutally murdered 34 year old Susan Michelbacher. From the 9th Circuit opinion denying habeas relief to Rhodes, we learn that:
Michelbacher's body was found on March 21 in a remote, rural area. An autopsy revealed that she had been raped, she had been shot nine times — once while standing and the remaining times while lying down — and her attacker had ejaculated into her mouth when she was either almost dead or already dead.
The sentencing judge in the 1987 Michelbacher case called Rhoades’ crimes “wicked and vile, shockingly evil and designed to inflict a high degree of physical and mental pain with utter indifference to and with apparent enjoyment of the suffering of Mrs. Michelbacher.”

Mrs. Michelbacher left behind a grieving husband and now motherless two year old son.

May these victims rest in peace, their families have some consolation.

Some cases cry out for the ultimate punishment.


scotju said...

"Some cases cry out for the ultimate punishment". Indeed Tom,indeed! When a human life is unjustly taken, the only way to retrify the crime is to execute the guilty party, for as scripture demands, man must shed the blood of those who took an innocent life. But when the murderers are so brutal and perverted as these two were, the earth doesn't cry out for justice, it screams for it!

Anonymous said...

It was an awful long time coming and still there were idiots who would have slapped the victims again by having him escape the death penalty. There is always too much talk of mercy for killers who demonstrated none to their innocent victims.