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Old 06-26-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
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Terminally Ill Man To Be Executed

He could have as little as six months to live, so what is the point? And there is the issue with his veins as well. So if all appeals are exhausted to no avail, he is executed today.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A death row inmate with terminal cancer was down to his final appeal Monday, the day before his execution, after a judge dismissed his claim that the state's lethal injection method unconstitutionally causes excruciating pain.

Death penalty opponents who question the need to execute someone who has as little as six months to live anyway have rallied around Jimmy Dale Bland, a two-time killer who shot his 62-year-old employer in the back of the head 11 years ago.

"It won't take much to kill him. He's half dead now," said Bud Welch of Oklahoma City, a board member of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty whose daughter was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the Washington-based coalition, said the case raises ethical issues.

"It is pointless. The fact that this is moving forward and it is so shocking is really why the public is coming to see that there is something terribly wrong with the system," Rust-Tierney said.

Prosecutors have said Bland's medical condition is not grounds for clemency, and the victim's relatives also have said he does not deserve to die of natural causes.

Bland, 49, has been administered radiation and chemotherapy for advanced lung cancer that has spread to his brain and his hip bone, according to his attorney, David Autry.

Bland's execution could turn into a catastrophe if the veins in his arms where a lethal dose of chemicals will be injected have been compromised by his chemotherapy treatments, Autry said.

Autry has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Bland's execution and decide whether executing a terminally ill inmate violates the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot denied a stay Monday based on a similar argument.

The high court has not acted on the request, commonly made at this stage by condemned inmates. Autry said it was the last chance of stopping Bland's execution, set for Tuesday evening.

The five-member Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejected Bland's request for clemency June 12.

On Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals voted 3-2 to deny a stay, with the majority writing that prohibiting the execution of a terminally ill person "would mean the death sentence could not be carried out before the natural expiration of a person's life."

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Charles Chapel of Tulsa said a stay should be granted to protect "the dignity of society itself from the barbarity of exacting mindless vengeance."

"Bland's life is very near its natural end. It is cruel, unusual, inappropriate and totally unnecessary to intervene at this time, just to ensure that his demise is at the hands of the state," Chapel wrote.

Bland was sentenced to death for the Nov. 14, 1996, murder of Doyle Windle Rains, who was shot in the back of the head in his garage with a .22-caliber rifle.

Bland was driving a vehicle owned by Rains when he was arrested for driving under the influence two days later. Bland, who did construction and handyman work for Rains, confessed to killing Rains and hiding his body.

Bland also spent 20 years of a 60-year sentence in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping charges in 1975. He had been out of prison less than a year when he was accused of killing Rains.
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This story is everything wrong with capital punishment. I don't even comprehend how anyone, especially someone who calls him or herself a Christian could be for it. Besides the fact that Jesus completely negated any form of it, with his famous "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" admonition, I don't understand the logistics of that thinking. Someone committed murder, so they in turn are murdered. Now, shouldn't the individual who injected them or whatever form of murder (execution is a laughable term. it's murder plain and simple ) was used be murdered also? After all, they just committed murder. Taking another person's life is never alright, nor should it be legalized in any instance. Honestly, I think only a completely heartless, and mindless moron could even support such a disgusting practice.
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If that´s the punishment stated in the penal code and he still committed the crime then that´s the punishment he should get. It´s very simple.
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How does that logic work though? 55 years ago there were laws stating that black individuals had to sit in a certain part of a bus, train, etc. If they didn't, they faced being arrested. So if the law says something, that makes it alright? If the law says it's alright to treat people as less than human than it's ok to arrest them for sitting where they choose, or using a restroom fit for people? If the law says in some instances it's ok to take the life of a human being, than it becomes alright? It's pretty easy to see why the world is so fucked up.
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If that´s the punishment stated in the penal code and he still committed the crime then that´s the punishment he should get. It´s very simple.
I wouldn't agree, though I favour the death penalty, justice must be tempered with mercy.
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Re: Terminally Ill Man To Be Executed

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Prosecutors have said Bland's medical condition is not grounds for clemency, and the victim's relatives also have said he does not deserve to die of natural causes.
I think that line alone says this has nothing to do with justice, but rather, deep-rooted hatred and revenge.
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capital punisment is not murder.

murder is killing somebody who is innocent, is this convicted murderer innocent of the crime?

i think he should be treated for his illness but not delay carrying out the sentence.

mecry cannot rob justice, and justice cannot rob mercy.

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If that´s the punishment stated in the penal code and he still committed the crime then that´s the punishment he should get. It´s very simple.
That's why it's not a good idea to always read the law as black-and-white.
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capital punisment is not murder.

murder is killing somebody who is innocent, is this convicted murderer innocent of the crime?

i think he should be treated for his illness but not delay carrying out the sentence.

mecry cannot rob justice, and justice cannot rob mercy.

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Ok. Fine. However, now, the individual who will do this lethal injection will have purposely taken another human's life. Fuck it being state sanctioned or legal, it's murder. So, once again, with that logic now this law enforcement official will have taken a life. What's his punishment? He will have killed someone. Now, he's no longer innocent. Therefore he should be fair game to be prosecuted for murder and *excuse me* executed. This logic perpetuates nothing but more death. That's always good. As Gahndi said, if the whole world followed the "eye for an eye" principle we'd all be blind. But what does that bleeding heart bastard know anyway? Forget what Jesus said too! Especially, for Christians. We'll just ignore Him and interpret The Bible the way that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
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murder is killing somebody who is innocent, is this convicted murderer innocent of the crime?
nobody said he was innocent. don't you think it is clear that this man is already suffering enough? the cancer is already killing him from the inside.
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Fuck it being state sanctioned or legal, it's murder. :
Murder =taking innocent life, what part of that don't you understand?

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nobody said he was innocent..
Correct, but people have implied that the death penalty is murder, where murder actually means killing the innocent, that's the point.

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[q]mur·der
–noun
1. Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).[/q]



because only innocent people are ever murdered.
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Murder =taking innocent life, what part of that don't you understand?

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Murder is taking ANY life. I really don't care how a state or country defines it. They can say "innocent" all they want to make themselves feel righteous. Murder is killing another human being. That's how I take it Biblically as well. I really don't care how a government defines it. My country or state is not my master.
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i'd view murder as the deliberate taking of another's life. innocence or guilt don't mater much to me.

tell me, someone, how do Christians justify a pro-death penalty position?
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