Saturday, January 14, 2006

Too Old to Die??

Read an interesting article in the Columbus Dispatch this morning.

It's about Death Row inmate Clarence Ray Allen in CA. His lawyers say he's too old at 75 years of age to be put to death. I'm not trying to start a whole debate on capital punishment, but what about the three people he paid to have killed? Weren't they too young to die?

I just think it's a ridiculous argument to make. Afterall, he's been on Death Row for over 23 years. At what point over all those years did he become "too old"? I'd say he's way overdue. His lawyers say he's legally blind and partially deaf so killing him amounts to the type of cruel and unusual punishment banned by the U.S. Constitution. I guess that doesn't really hold water with me. He wasn't blind or deaf when he was in jail for killing one person and ordered the death of three others.

I know some people say that he has suffered enough but I say, what about his victims. It seems that everyone is more concerned about the rights of criminals these days than the rights of the victims. When do they get their justice? The man was convicted and sentenced to die. He's been allowed to live and appeal for 23 years. When he ordered their deaths, they were only allowed to live for a few days before they were killed.

Govenor Schwarzenegger refused to grant him clemency yesterday, so unless there is a last minute reprieve from the courts, he will be put to death on Tuesday.


Blogger LadyBugCrossing said...

Nuke him!!
What is the world coming to? Did they forget about the victims of his crime?? Good for Gov. S.!

1/14/2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger Mama B said...

I just don't see the point of waiting 23 years. Should've been done a long time ago!! JMHO

1/14/2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger Blurbette said...

I think allowing him time to live for 23yrs is cruel and unusual punishment to everyone; especially the victims families. Why should he have 1 day to think of how he could appeal, enjoy fresh air, eat, sleep, read a book, go to the bathroom, shower, etc. etc. Everday life; even in prison was a luxury to him compared to the death of his victims. The state has to follow through with the punishment and look into changing the law about "time" on death row. It should not be drawn out for so long.

1/15/2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

I agree with the others, what bugs me is why the heck did they wait so long to do it in the first place.

Its rediculous how long some of them are on death row before they are put to death. Not only pain for them but the families of the victims they killed.

Hugs Suz

1/15/2006 2:30 PM  

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