Judge Who Blocked Use Of Execution Drug Protests Death Penalty

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Arkansas’ plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days has been a matter of life, death and, now, free speech.

  • chetdude

    Translation: the “integrity of the judicial system” is upheld by barring anyone opposed to the death penalty from serving on a jury in a case with a potential death penalty…

    Shee-it – no bias there, eh?

    Isn’t it way past time to listen to one of Nixon’s republican appointees to SCOTUS?

    ‘Justice Harry A. Blackmun said today that after a 20-year struggle with the issue of capital punishment, he had concluded that “the death penalty experiment has failed” and that it was time for the Court to abandon the “delusion” that capital punishment could be consistent with the Constitution.

    ‘”From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death,” Justice Blackmun, the Court’s 85-year-old senior member, wrote in an emotional, highly personal and solitary dissent from the Court’s refusal to hear the appeal of a Texas inmate.’

  • kevinzeese

    Exactly, well said. Why isn’t support of the death penalty seen as bias?

  • chetdude

    Indeed…

    But of course using a few of the most egregious cases to paint anyone who runs afoul of the criminal-injustice system as a monster is a very useful component of divide and conquer as well as serving as another justification for a VERY expensive (and deeply racist) system of population control.

    More generally, ‘pro-death penalty’ fits well into the selfish, Randian social facade promoted by the right-wing “think tanks” that were created to kill the somewhat communitarian New Deal spirit of the 30s through early 60s and to increase corporate/plutocrat control of our economic and political systems.

    An interesting tidbit is that most of those in prison “support” the death penalty as long as they aren’t the ones getting it.