Choreographed death: legal execution in the United States

June 3, 2012

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The death sentence is an acceptable punishment in the United States. It is the ultimate sentence that can be given to a criminal. Once a person is convicted and sentenced to die they are sent to death row to await their execution. Because of the appeal process the sentence may not be carried out for many years. There are thousands of prisoners languishing on deathrow in the United States awaiting their time.

The accepted method of execution in most States now is lethal injection. This usually consists of the administration of three drugs given is stages. The prisoner is strapped down on a gurney in the execution chamber and an IV is started. The first drug given is a sedative, then a saline flush is given to clear the lines. Next a drug is given which paralyzes the inmate. Finally the last drug given stops the heart resulting in death within seconds. The execution is deemed completed when a doctor pronounces the inmate dead. All in all I pretty relaxing way to die for these violent offenders who in most cases killed their victims in the most callous and evil ways.

Other methods still exist in some States. These are usually alternative measures which the inmate can select instead of lethal injection. They include the gas chamber, the electric chair, hanging and firing squad.

Electric chair:
Before lethal injection this was the most common method of execution. First used in 1924. The first night 5 men were executed using the chair or “Old Sparky” as it is sometimes referred to. Improper use of the chair resulted in painful death.

Gas chamber:
This was another very common method used in many States. The gas used was hydrogen cyanide. Execution was in a sealed chamber which in some cases could be used to execution two individuals at once. It was expensive because of the maintenance needed to ensure the chamber didn’t leak. Death in the gas chamber was slow and painful.

Firing squad:
Not a common method it is still legal in Utah. It consists of a firing squad of five shooters, four have loaded rounds, and one has a blank round. The shooters don’t know which one has the blank. The inmate is seated and strapped in with a target placed over his heart.

Hanging:
Little has changed with this method since the 1800’s. A noose is placed around the inmate’s neck, he is bound and dropped through a trap door. He drops until the rope snaps his neck. Proper executions using this method rely on an accurate calculation of the prisoner’s weight and length of rope needed. The noose should break the neck resulting in death. Improper calculations resulted in decapitations and injury without death.

Because the death sentence is mandated by the court proper legal and application procedures are always followed. Unfortunately it is likely that innocent prisoners have been executed in the past. Over the last few decades since the advent of DNA testing many prisoners on death row have been exonerated of their crimes. Without this recourse they would have been legally killed.

In the case of a death sentence the prisoner is entitled to all appeals available to him or her. Some States like California have separate penalty phases of trials to determine the appropriateness of the death sentence once the person has been found guilty. The prosecution and the defence both have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses related to whether the prisoner should receive the death sentence for the crime.

Some interesting facts:

  • last public execution in the U.S. was in 1936 in Kentucky when 10,000 attended
  • Texas, Virginia, and Ohio are the States carrying out the most executions
  • the last hanging was in Delware in 1996
  • in Texas victims families have been allowed to witness executions since 1995
  • it is illegal to record and execution with camera, camcorder, audio recorder or any other method
  • usual witnesses to executions are lawyers, relatives of the inmate, and media
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Hell – Does it exist? Sure hope so.

October 29, 2010

Depiction of what Hell might look like.

For the sake of all the crime victims and their families I sure hope so. To all the serial killers, killers, child molestors, rapists, perverts, etc of the world here’s hoping there is such a place.

Heaven I’m not all the sure of, but there has to be a hell to administer justice. Certainly in a lot of cases justice is elusive here on earth.  So to all those perps I mentioned earlier – may you go straight to Hell!


Face of evil

May 4, 2010

Face of Evil/Orkut.com

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani born, naturalized U.S. citizen is the Times Square would-be bomber. Thank goodness he failed in the attempt. Experts on CNN last evening using the details of the explosives found in the Pathfinder SUV and the location the vehicle in Times Square, estimated that between 300 and 500 innocent persons would likely have been killed if the bomb material had detonated.

The FBI and NYPD did an excellent job of tracking him down and arresting him. The van was discovered and reported by pedestrians in Times Square. An excellent example of awareness by citizens at large.

Execution chamber

Apparently up to five individuals were involved in planning this terrorist act. Islamic extremists like this need to be captured and executed. If there is an Allah, surely he would find this unacceptable.

Faisal and others like him are evil, misguided, and cowardly. The execution chamber is waiting for them.


How Not to Stop Killer Drivers

December 12, 2007

ab-colin_jones.jpgYou’ll have to forgive me if I am a little angry today. This post concerns the sickness of our Canadian justice system especially related to its handling of drunk drivers. To the left is one of the typical scumbag killer drivers – Colin Jones, the man with no remorse. Free as a bird while his young victim lies in the cold ground. (photo: CBC, Alberta)

There’s lots of talk in the media about how to stop drunk drivers. The talk is of more police checkstops and installing devices on the cars of repeat offenders that would prevent them from starting the vehicle until they blow a breathlizer device with the appropriate blood alcohol level. These don’t work. The police already stop the drivers, but when they get to court the justice system slaps them on the wrist and lets them go.

Case in point. Colin Jones is a killer-driver, who less than seven months after he was sentenced for the hit-and-run death of a 20 year old woman in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been paroled. He struck and killed Lindsay Giacomelli in a crosswalk on March 17, 2005. He then left the scene of the accident. He drove home ordered a pizza and watched a pay-per-view movie. All of this designed I am sure to give him an alibi. Later he took his vehicle to another town and intentionally drove it into a light post to cover the damage. He reported this accident, again in a premeditated attempt to cover-up his actions. He was finally arrested in another city on a plane bound for London, England attempting to leave the country.

In court he denied everything and said he had no memory of the accident because of pills he was taking. What a pile of bullshit! The judge imposed the harshest punishment ever given a motorist for leaving the scene of an accident. That sentence was 30 months in jail. Although he was clearly drunk this was never proven in court because he left the scene.

Now seven months later this scumbag is released on parole, not only that he will have full parole on March 15, 2008. Meanwhile Lindsay and her family will never have parole from this tragedy. Colin Jones on the other hand has shown no remorse and paid no true penalty. He will get to go on with his life. If there is justice somewhere along the way Mr. Jones himself will be taken from us.

Want to stop drunk drivers from killing your children and your spouse? Throw them in jail for a very long time. There is no difference between killing someone with your vehicle while impaired then shooting or stabbing them. No more excuses. Catch them, prosecute them, and jail them. We are all tired of these crimes being treated as minor transgressions.


Update: Mountie Killer Caught

October 12, 2007

As an update to my post of a couple of days ago. The accused killer of Constable Worden was captured Friday October 12 in a low-income housing complex in Edmonton, Alberta. He was apprehended without incident and appeared unharmed as he was taken away in a police cruiser.

Now if the justice system will only work.


Cop Killer? Manhunt on for career criminal.

October 10, 2007

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WANTED: Emrah Bulatci for the Murder of Police Officer John Worden

Here we go again another criminal with a lengthy criminal record is released by the justice system. Guess what? This time it came back to bite them and hard.

Constable John Worden of the RCMP detachment in Hay River, Northwest Territories paid the price for the justice system’s lax handling of these criminals.

Early Saturday morning October 6, 2007 Constable Worden was responding to a noise complaint in an area of Hay River known to be a hot-bed of crack cocaine and meth activity. He responded alone, apparently at his own choice. A few minutes later he was shot dead, most likely at the hands of Emrah Bulatci, 23. 

Bulatci was known to the RCMP and was arrested many times previously for drug and weapons charges. He was released on bail. Subsequent to that he was arrested again for breaking his conditions of bail. Was he then held without bail? No he was released again.

As this is written there is a major manhunt for Bulatci in Northern Alberta. His hometown is High Level but he has also lived previously in Edmonton and St. Albert, Alberta. Police consider him armed and dangerous. Too bad the courts didn’t.

Now Constable Worden’s family must suffer the consequences. Our hearts go out to his wife and young child.

Please if anyone has seen this individual contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police immediately. Let’s hope that this time the court system comes down hard on Bulatci.

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Above: location map of Hay River, NWT downloaded from their official site.


No Consequences – Justice System Undermines Police

September 14, 2007

“Justice minister denies province ‘soft’ on crime”

(My comments on an article by Colette Derworiz, published in Calgary Herald, Saturday, September 8, 2007)

 The Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens was defending his jurisdiction’s record on law and order in the article.  Specifically here in Calgary, a rapidly growing city of one million persons, he is quite frankly full of bulls**t.

City police in their recent crackdown on gang activity in Calgary arrested 19 known gang members, all of whom have long criminal records.  I give full credit to the police force for their efforts.  However, the justice system in their so-called wisdom released 16 of the 19 back to the streets within hours to resume their criminal activity. Sure hope that they visit the neighborhood of the judge in this case.  Perhaps they can give him a first hand lesson in street crime. The justice system is so removed from the reality of street crime that I am sure they must be living on another planet far, far away.

Another example of this dreamland mentality:

Police have been working hard to make the downtown safer.  Part of this involves more foot and bike patrols.  A drug suspect was arrested in the last few days and again released back to the streets to carry on his career.  It has been confirmed that this person has 160+ prior convictions for drug activity!!!  I feel so much safer knowing that a judges has deemed that this individual won’t pose a threat to society and let him back on the streets. I don’t know about you but my children and yours are at risk here.  Hell we might as well make his activities legal.  It would sure save a lot of obviously wasted time on behalf of the police. It must be so frustrating for them.

I can just hear these criminals now.  “Hey Ed the cops are busting me, but not to worry I’ll see ya in a couple of hours, same place, I’ll bring the dope you bring the cash.”

So to the police I say keep up the good work.  To the justice system and the deluded judges in the system I say, “Get some balls and do your job!”


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