"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

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Gleason Story, Chapter II

In June of 2009 I posted about a Virginia inmate, Robert Gleason, Jr. Now follow this:

Gleason was convicted of a 2008 murder (having said of his victim in that case that what happened was “what needed to be done.”). Sentenced for that murder, he was serving a sentence in one of Virginia's super max prisons. While in prison there, in May of 2009 he beat and strangled his cellmate to death because the man was singing, screaming, and acting obnoxiously. After that murder he said: "I'm gonna do it again. Someone needs to stop it." He was to be sentenced for the 2009 behind-bars murder on February 22, 2011.

But in the interim, he has made good on his threat and has been indicted for murdering a fellow inmate on July 28, 2010. "Gleason told The Associated Press he convinced Cooper [the victim] to try on a necklace while both were in separate cages in the recreation yard and then he strangled him."

In a super max prison for murder, and he murders not one, but two fellow inmates.

What, short of the death penalty, would render this man harmless to those around him?

Serial-killer abortionist: Death Penalty Candidate?

If you can bear it, you can read the Philadephia grand jury's report detailing the grisly practices of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell who stands charged with eight counts of murder, one from killing a patient, and seven stemming from his repeated practice of delivering live babies, then thrusting a scissors into the backs of their necks, and snipping their spinal cords. Live, breathing, born children. Apparently this criminal routinely aborted very late term children; the seven indictments in this case are cases where the child was not in the mother's body, but had actually been delivered.

Not surprisingly, the Pennsylvania Department of Health had turned a blind eye to the filthy conditions of the clinic Gosnell ran, and appears to have ignored repeated complaints about the health and safety practices of the clinic.

According to Pennsylvania law, Gosnell would seem to be a fitting candidate for the death penalty, in that seven of his victims were children. One of the statutory aggravating factors permitting imposition of a death sentence is "[t]he victim was a child under 12 years of age."
(under Virginia law, he would be death-eligible under the additional aggravating factor of his murder of more than one person within a three year period.)

The number of victims, coupled with the filthy and degrading conditions of his clinic, his butchery of various women under his care, and the brutality of his actions (not even anaesthetizing his victims), militate strongly for the death penalty in this case.