Death Penalty

Trump Administration Puts 13th Prisoner to Death as Justice Sotomayor Blasts 'Breakneck Timetable of Executions'

The Department of Justice rushes to prevent mercy before a new administration can take over.

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Dustin John Higgs, 48, was put to death at about 1:23 a.m. this morning by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

His execution is the 13th that has occurred since the Department of Justice under President Donald Trump and now-retired Attorney General William Barr announced the return of the death chamber and relaunched lethal injection protocols. The first of these executions was of Daniel Lee in July 2020, and all the rest followed over the next six months—a density of executions unheralded in modern American history. Under Trump, the federal government has executed more prisoners than under any president of the past 100 years.

The death of Higgs was one of three executions to take place in the final days of the Trump administration. Earlier in the week, Lisa Montgomery and Corey Johnson were also executed via lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute.

All three inmates had been fighting this ultimate fate and had appeals pending in courts. At points during the week, federal courts had ordered stays to determine mental competency (as in Montgomery's case) or to delay executions because both Johnson and Higgs had gotten infected with COVID-19. In each case, rather than planning for follow-up hearings, the Department of Justice turned to the Supreme Court to have the stays vacated to carry out the executions. In each case, the Supreme Court allowed the executions to proceed, though Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer frequently announced they would have voted to allow the stays.

To be clear, these inmates hadn't exhausted their appeals. Rather, the majority of the Supreme Court justices gave the Department of Justice permission to just ignore the appeals and carry out the executions anyway.

With Higgs, the last of these executions, Sotomayor and Breyer both released written dissents criticizing the federal government's push to march these people to their deaths to the point that several appeal claims will remain unresolved because the prisoners are now dead. In her dissent, Sotomayor notes:

Throughout this expedited spree of executions, this Court has consistently rejected inmates' credible claims for relief. The Court has even intervened to lift stays of execution that lower courts put in place, thereby ensuring those prisoners' challenges would never receive a meaningful airing. The Court made these weighty decisions in response to emergency applications, with little opportunity for proper briefing and consideration, often in just a few short days or even hours. Very few of these decisions offered any public explanation for their rationale.

She bluntly follows this with, "This is not justice." Later in the dissent, she observes, "After failing to act since Higgs' sentence was imposed in 2001, the Government gives no compelling reason why it suddenly cannot wait a few weeks while courts give his claim the consideration it deserves. Certainly, there is no 'imperative public importance' behind the Government's request."

The reason for the rush is completely obvious and entirely political. The decision to reinstate executions was a pet project of Trump's Justice Department and Barr. President-elect Joe Biden is now opposed to the use of the death penalty (though he supported it during his "tough on crime" days). If the Justice Department did not execute these prisoners this week, it is very likely they would not have been executed at all.

Ultimately, Sotomayor's dissent concludes:

[T]he Court has allowed the United States to execute thirteen people in six months under a statutory scheme and regulatory protocol that have received inadequate scrutiny, without resolving the serious claims the condemned individuals raised. Those whom the Government executed during this endeavor deserved more from this Court.

Meanwhile, as the federal government rushed to execute these prisoners, Mississippi actually dismissed the murder charges of a man this week. Eddie Lee Howard, who had spent more than 25 years on death row and was convicted partly on bite-mark analysis science whose validity is now questionable, is now exonerated. More than two dozen people's murder convictions have been overturned due to the disreputability of this forensics technique.

Nobody has argued that the 13 people the federal government has executed since July were completely innocent, though it's worth noting that Higgs didn't actually kill anybody. He was convicted for allegedly ordering the execution of three women and accused of being the ringleader of the operation. The man who actually shot the women was sentenced to life in prison. Higgs claimed he was set up as the fall guy for the crime. In his last words, he insisted on his innocence and said that he did not order the women's executions.

So many people having been found innocent and released from death row should be seen as an inherent indictment of the practice as a form of justice and an example of the dangers of granting the government power over life and death. If the Mississippi courts had shut down the efforts of Howard's lawyers the way the Supreme Court snubbed lawyers for Higgs, Montgomery, and Johnson, the man would have been executed, not exonerated.

What's so enraging about these executions is not that good people were put to death. Their actions collectively resulted in many deaths, some of them very brutal. What's enraging, as Sotomayor notes, is that once Justice Department officials decided they wanted to execute these people, absolutely no argument or claim, even when upheld by federal courts, stopped them from proceeding.

They didn't stop even as COVID-19 infected prison staff, prisoners, and the prisoners' attorneys and spiritual advisers. They didn't stop even as experts made clear that Montgomery was so mentally detached that she likely didn't know what was happening to her (when asked if she had any final words, she simply said "no"). They didn't stop when relatives of the victims of Daniel Davis Lee insisted they didn't want the government to execute him. They didn't stop when former jurors and prosecutors came forward and said they regretted sentencing Brandon Bernard to death and pleaded with the Trump administration for mercy.

And it will be a footnote, if anything at all, in the history books given everything else that has come of Trump's administration.

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    That’s what we learned about elections.

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  3. Getting a federal court to grant a stay in a death penalty case does NOT mean there was some valid basis for an appeal. Tanya Chutkan and a few other judges will give them to anyone for any bullshit reason.

    None of the injunctions IIRC even made it past a circuit court cause they were so weak.

    There should be sanctions for judges that pull this crap.

    1. Yup, but good luck holding judges or attorneys who operate on the left side of the political spectrum accountable. They get a Dem Pass because they’re fighting the “righteous” fight, while people who believe in the rule of law and don’t think that we should toss out sentences for violent criminals out of pity are obviously the real villains here.

      Dustin Higgs was a cocaine dealer who ordered the executions of three women because they turned him down for sex. He was trash, he got a fair trial, he was convicted by a jury who saw the evidence, they sentenced him to death, and sentence was carried out. He got exactly what he deserved.

      1. Was it the “rule of law” people who stormed the capital and tried to kill the legislators before overturning the election?

        Or was that just some other people whose politics you agree with 100%?

        1. Tried to kill all the legislators? How? With what weapons? When did they interact with any legislators at all?

          This is big news! Did you uncover all of this yourself? You’re a regular Nancy Drew. Or is it Nancy Boy?

  4. Trump’s supporters approve. After all, if He thinks someone should die, then they must die.

    1. At least this guy was convicted. Still waiting for you to scream at the police for shooting an unarmed woman in the Capitol.

      1. Honest JesseAz: “Say what I want you to say about what I want to talk about or I’m gonna to make stuff up about you and pretend it’s true!”

        1. You could easily say “yeah, the cops shouldn’t have shot the girl” but you can’t. That’s the amazing part.

          1. You could easily say “yeah, the cops shouldn’t have shot the girl” but you can’t. “Say what I want you to say about what I want to talk about or I’m gonna to make stuff up about you and pretend it’s true!”

            1. Jesse admitted the other day he only comes here to troll. He just wants to taunt and mess with people he doesn’t like. I would not be surprised to learn that he is behind the Tulpa account.

              1. Have you ever made a comment here that wasn’t to troll or fifty-cent, Jeff?
                If so, link to it. I’m willing to say that I’m wrong.

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              2. I doubt that. Mainly because that seems out of character, and also reinforced by the idea that you’re a known liar.

            2. All of these prisoners committed horrible crimes.
              I think the one who killed the couple who offered him the ride, and when the woman didn’t die the first time he set her on fire was the one who most deserved death.
              Although the one who Ordered the womens deaths When they refused him sex is a pretty heinous crime as well.
              There is no suggestion that any of them were innocent.
              I think some crimes are so awful that the people who perpetrated them should be killed by the state.
              Even if the victims families are against the death penalty

          2. Why should we?

            After all, to avoid being shot, all she had to do was obey the officer’s commands. Where have I heard that before?

            The cop tells them he is going to shoot. He shows them his pistol. He even waves it a little to get their attention. The people around her all yell “He’s got a gun.” They back off, they put their hands up. She decides to mount the window frame to climb through anyway.

            Bang.

            She was given every opportunity to comply, and shown that he was ready to use lethal force, and she went for it.

            Behind that door and that cop was the second and third in line of succession behind the president. This was completely warranted, as would have been many other shootings by police.

            No protestor should have been allowed in the capitol building while a constitutionally required activity was in progress. They should have gone hot the second they were losing the doors to the seditious mob.

            1. It’s comical this is your take after how stupid you looked all last summer over the heroine addicted felon who shall not be named

            2. “After all, to avoid being shot, all she had to do was obey the officer’s commands. Where have I heard that before?”

              Lick them boots, TDS-addled lefty shit.

            3. “If you’re climbing you deserve to be shot by cops.”
              Anyone else notice how DOL was really summoning his inner Eric Cartman here?

            4. Third and fourth and so what the line of succession has like 500 people in it.

            5. “She was looking for trouble… all she had to do was obey… she shouldn’t have been there.”

              These are usually the reasons people excuse killing black people.

              Stop supporting racism, bigot.

              1. You’re talking to someone who fantasizes about mowing down citizens with an Apache Helicopter.

              2. Big BLM supporter are you Brian? Because yes, they’re way ahead of you on this subject.

                None of them would argue that rioters violently storming the most important building in the world get to come out alive unless they’re lucky.

                1. If you didn’t have double standards, you would have no standards at all.

                2. …rioters violently storming the most important building in the world…

                  Classic Tony – not a single word is true, rioters, violently, storming, most important building in the world…too funny.

            6. Yeah, I’m unhappy somebody got shot, but pretty much that. If a cop is on the other side of a window pointing a gun at you and telling you to stop, you don’t climb through the window unless you’re trying to get shot.

      2. Still waiting for you to have a good-faith discussion.

        1. “Still waiting for you to have a good-faith discussion.”

          Kidding, right?
          Jeff, you are among the many lefty shits who have shown clearly you have no idea what a ‘good-faith discussion’ means.
          Ken Shultz
          January 10 at 11.14AM
          “…We often think Tony, Shrike, and ChemJeff are being dishonest–especially when they don’t seem to learn anything from having their arguments shredded and smeared in their faces everyday for years. But the fact that they don’t seem to learn anything–knowledge wise or in terms of critical thinking–may be consistent with the hypothesis that they’re just not that bright. And we shouldn’t necessarily assume that Binion, Boehm, or Britschgi are fundamentally different from them.
          Maybe the reason they try to make us feel is because they’re incapable of making us think. It is beyond their capabilities…”
          Ken’s got your number, you stinking pile of lefty shit.

        2. I’ve never once seen you act in good faith here. Even now with your slimey implication that Jesse somehow refuses.

          I’ll gladly debate you in good faith, but the second you try to play some stupid trick, I will call you on it.

        3. No you’re not, lying Jeffy. You’re a dishonest piece of shit.

          1. He’s also a pedophilia enthusiast.

      3. Imagine if she had been black? The cognitive dissonance would have exploded a few heads. “She was just a mostly peaceful protesters, unarmed, but the cops just shot her! RIOT, BURN DOWN THE CAPITOL, BURN DOWN D.C.” Oh, what, she was a Trump supporter? Um…

    2. I wasn’t aware Trump convicted him and sentenced him to death. I’m going to agree with you then, that’s not within his authority and he should be impeached for it.

      1. yeah, Obama had 8 years to pardon him

        1. I suspect that Obama could have pardoned all or most of the 13.

          By the time these cases reach the finish line, even the tortoise and the sloth have reached it first and have hit the showers.

          1. Didn’t even have to pardon. O could have commuted: reduction to life-without-parole. No parole on Fed crimes committed after `87, anyway. No time off for good behavior, then. Trump was obviously sucking up to the “get tough on crime” louts in his base. No matter how reasonable the argument to commute or pardon a particular prisoner is – lack of mental capacity, mental defect, probability of a corrupt or incompetent investigation that may have resulted in wrongful conviction, or whatever – there will be some AuthoritarianCon who will raise a stink over it. It could be that, like many a caudillo before him, Trump gets his jollies sending the condemned to their doom.

            1. If only he could watch the executions, Trump would probably jack off to them.

              1. Tell us again how Clinton, Bush and Obama refusing to commute the death penalty makes Trump the bad guy, just because the appeals protests ended in his term.

                Tell me why the Supreme Court allowing the executions to proceed is Trump’s fault.

                Most of these people, including Higgs, were sentenced to death under Clinton. The same Clinton who executed a man who was effectively retarded just to show how tough he was on crime (It was awful, evil, and disgusting and it got him elected).

                How many people have been sentenced to death in federal court under Trump?

              2. Your TDS has made you into more of a sick fuck than you already were.

              3. Ah projections….just because you would masturbate to executions doesn’t mean others would so as well.

            2. Yeah, 20 years of appeals just wasn’t enoiugh. He needs another ten years.

    3. “Trump’s supporters approve. “

      I consistently reproached the American government for executing people in every single one of these articles, you lying sack off shit.

    4. With the caveat that they must be duly convicted by a jury and sentenced to capital punishment for one or more heinous crimes.

      But, yeah, otherwise it is completely Trump’s decision. /sarcasm

    5. It is every bit as important to kill people as it is to pardon convicted felons.

  5. Higgs was convicted 23 years ago. Is this a rushed execution?

    1. And their excuse for delaying it is that it’s taken so long to do it. Which is because of the people making the argument.

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  7. 20 years is breakneck speed.

    1. 3 were executed by the Feds in the twenty five years prior to Trump. He’s likely to preside over a dozen. I’d call that breakneck speed. Or lethal injection speed anyway.

      1. You’re right. Even though Trump believes one way and Biden believes another, Trump should’ve waited for all executions, all judge appointments (including SCOTUS), stopped all legislative desires, just to ensure he can never implement anything he believes in.

        That’s retarded.

  8. According to a report I found at bjs.gov, the pre-COVID average death rate of federal prisoners was around one per day. 13 in six months is an undetectably small increase. (Statistically, in a period where 200 people would normally die you expect a variation of +/- 14 purely by chance.)

    Odds are good if you are sentenced to death by a federal judge you will not be executed unless you want to be.

    1. Compare the number executed in the last twenty years to the number killed by other inmates.

  9. 20 years from sentencing to sentence is not exactly a “breakneck timetable”.

    1. Not even literally, now that we’ve moved away from hanging as the execution method of choice.

    2. The “breakneck pace” here refers to the number of prisoners that the state has executed recently, not the duration of time between conviction and execution for any particular prisoner.

      1. All convicted under Clinton, all who exhausted their appeals, all whose executions were just authorized by the Supreme Court.

        I’m against governments killing anyone, but blaming it on Trump is just orangmanbadding.

        1. These lefty “libertarians” can’t even bother with the libertarian case against the state executing people on principle, they have to Orange Man Bad even this.

          I agree with you, the state shouldn’t kill anyone, and if I ran a libertarian publication, I’d make this argument, full stop.

          1. No you wouldn’t.

            If a Republican executive executed a prisoner, you’d make the neutral, principled argument against executions.

            If a Democrat executive executed a prisoner, you might make the neutral, principled argument against executions, but then you’d throw in a bunch of hysteria about THIS JUST SHOWS HOW DEMOCRATS LIKE MURDERING PEOPLE

            1. chemjeff radical individualist
              January.16.2021 at 10:34 pm
              Still waiting for you to have a good-faith discussion

              1. There you go, Troll Mac.
                Why don’t you stop trolling for a change?

                1. Like when I was saying they should make the argument against the state executing anyone at all right above, then you made up a lie about what I would do?

                2. Look at Jeff, reading into the minds and hearts of others.

                  Given how often you’re wrong on a factual basis, you’re likely wrong here, but you sure are arrogant and stupid enough to believe you can predict behavior in a hypothetical/nonexistent universe…

                  You ever wonder if that’s part of your arrogance problem? You make predictions about unknowns and leave thinking you’ve won a debate?

                  Hint: debate wins don’t rest on nonexistent hypotheticals.

            2. Tubby, you are one of the most reflexively tribalism shitposters here. Disingenuously so. So once again you showcase your hypocrisy.

        2. Has the pace of executions increased recently? Yes or no?

          You know the answer is yes. Why do you think that is? Who is currently in charge and making sure that the pace is faster now than it has been before? Hmm?

          It’s not “orangemanbadding” to actually recognize what is happening.

          1. Has the pace of executions increased recently? Yes or no?

            No. And even if it had, short of Trump commuting all death penalty sentences, there isn’t shit he could do about it. The president doesn’t have any major input on the disposition of criminal cases and the application of sentences you hopelessly stupid motherfucker.

          2. Either the state should execute people or they shouldn’t. Sentencing people to death, then having them sit on death row for decades while wasting resources in the courts is not a good solution.

  10. Brandon Bernard was only 18 when he was convicted of murder, but five jurors have since changed their minds. Richard Allen Davis, the murderer of Polly Klass, is a far more vicious and unrepentant guy, but he is getting off the hook, as he is imprisoned in California.

  11. Also, Sotomayor is an authoritarian turd in a robe. Why would any libertarian give anything she has credence. This is the fucktard who wanted a man (martial artist unbeknownst to the criminal) convicted under new Yorks concealed weapon ban for defending himself from a mugger with nun chucks he pulled from his gym bag. She’s a total fucking clown.

    1. Progressives prosecute victims for self defense and coddle vicious rapists and killers.

      Another reason to rid ourselves of progressives.

  12. The death penalty should be abolished.

    The state should not have the legal authority to murder its own citizens.

    It’s not about mercy or compassion or finding excuses for the convicted criminals. It’s about limiting the power of the state.

    1. chemjeff radical individualist
      January.16.2021 at 10:36 pm
      “The death penalty should be abolished.
      The state should not have the legal authority to murder its own citizens…”
      One of the few times I’m in agreement with this lefty shit, and these folks went ‘way up on my donation list for 2020:
      https://innocenceproject.org/

    2. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

      I agree with Jeff, the state should not have the legal authority to execute people.

    3. It’s not murder. Murder is the unlawful killing of someone.

    4. I stand corrected. Lying Jeffy is the stopped clock today.

    5. The state should not have the legal authority to murder its own citizens.

      Except when they’re shooting an unarmed trespasser VIOLENT INSURRECTIONIST in the throat, right you fucking shank? Or murder droning a 16 year old kid while you pick your ass with one hand and furiously stroke your microchode with the other.

    6. I also agree with Jeff on this one and speaking as someone who voted for Trump, I do not support his DOJ here.

      1. Are you in the CULT!? If so, this comment will be ignored and/or forgotten by all the lefties here.

        1. Apparently we’re all only a cult when we disagree with them.

    7. It’s also about as expensive to keep a prisoner on Death Row for a 1-2 years as it is to house that same person in gen pop for the rest of his life.

      Not only does it violate my personal opinion that the state should be void of the power to execute its own citizens, but it’s downright fiscally irresponsible too.

    8. I will agree with you on principle, Jeff. However, this attempt to subvert the law by pretending it says something that it doesn’t is not acceptable.

      We need to have a change of law, or a constitutional amendment stopping the death penalty. We should not pull an Obama and simply ignore the law by keeping people on death row indefinitely

  13. They hadn’t exhausted their appeals. SCOTUS had merely validated the execution.

    Lol.

    In NONE of these cases has Reason expressed any reason to think they were not guilty of heinous crimes.

    The argument is with the policy. I am sympathetic to the policy arguments but if the government limited its executions to killers like these, executions wouldn’t be controversial.

    1. if the government limited its executions to killers like these, executions wouldn’t be controversial.

      That’s part of the problem. It doesn’t. Politicians have a big incentive to try to pander to voters and expand the list of crimes for which capital punishment applies. And the politicians that do oppose it are easily painted as “siding with criminals”.

      1. Further, elected prosecutors have incentives to point to successful prosecutions; see K. Harris as an example.
        There are few incentives to pursue justice.

      2. And yet only first degree murder is a death sentence crime.

        1. Not in several states. Look at felony murder for example.

          1. The topic, of course, was FEDERAL executions, but you’re a stupid piece of shit so I can see how you got confused. Happens all the time to stupid pieces of shit. Mostly on account of the stupidity.

            1. You are correct on all counts. Jeffy is most certainly cognitively challenged. Which he compensates for by being a liar. He also likes to import pedophiles from foreign countries.

      3. And then here Lying Jeffy degrades the argument with dishonesty.

        1. Hey, Troll Mac, where’s the dishonesty?

        2. Fuck off asshole.

          1. Notice how cytotoxic shows up 9 hours later to corpse-fuck the thread hoping everyone has left so he can get in a parting shot uncontested? What a pathetic sadsack piece of shit.

  14. Until Joe Biden’s crime bill expanded it to 60 something crimes, the federal death penalty had been reserved for things like murder a committed during kidnapping, bank robberies, piracy, and espionage. I hope Trump thanked Joe for giving him something to feel big and important about during his last days as president.

    1. That was the old unenlightened Biden. The new Biden is a full on libertarian. I read it in Reason.

  15. “cannot wait a few weeks while courts give his claim the consideration it deserves.”

    If the courts haven’t considered it since 2001, why should they care now? I’m not death penalty supporter but the reasoning from the dissent is laughable.

    1. It is almost as if the appeals process is being used as an indefinite blocking mechanism against carrying out a sentence, rather than put forth any legally meritorious arguments why the sentence should not be carried out.

      1. Because the sentence should never be carried out.

        1. Yeah, if the government is going to kill anybody it should be unarmed Trump supporters!

          Shut the fuck up you mendacious pile of lizard shit.

        2. The law has been created otherwise.

      2. These are the same people who told us the courts should not take up any election cases because the system works perfectly and there is no fraud, nor any reason to suspect any. Gell-Mann amnesia is a hell of a drug.

  16. Never give the government power of execution.

    1. I’ll make sure and link this the next time you’re pounding your wad to videos of unarmed Trump supporters getting gunned down in cold blood. You know, because you just fucking *care* so fucking *much*

  17. What a fitting end to the Trump presidency.

    1. Carrying out sentences against rapists and killers. The humanity!

    2. Hey, maybe you should post another 2 or 3 times and see if you can boost the amplitude of that virtue signal, cytotoxic.

  18. Still don’t understand what Trump, his followers, or conservatards on the Supreme Court think society is getting out of this murder spree. It’s certainly not a demonstration of the solidity of court precedent.

    Maybe they’re all just bloodthirsty psychopaths.

    1. Your good friends murdered hundreds of people across the country whilst rioting and raging last year. Maybe they’re all just bloodthirsty psychopaths.

      And you are their cheerleader.

    2. There was an unarmed trespasser recently murdered, which you seem ok with. You’re also ok with Trump losing in court as this proves (in your mind) the election was fair.

      Yet here you call 20 years of appeals trying to halt the execution (not murder you mendacious twat) not good enough, yet weeks of Trump’s legal loses proof of the most secure election in history.

      You seriously are less than worthless.

      1. The federal government shouldn’t execute anyone. That’s my position. I’m trying to understand the social utility of the other position, which says the federal government should execute people quickly before they are given any more rights. What good does that do me?

      2. Also you people have been the ones insisting that trespasses don’t even need to be violent before you get to shoot them.

        What other long-held rights do you intend to make a mockery of in support of the attempted coup? Suddenly private companies owe you free speech rights. Suddenly a violent intruder and seditionist is a victim, not a criminal. How many tears would you shed if she was Antifa,? You psychotic tribal weirdo.

        These people have got to be playing you for lols.

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  20. In response to a comment about how conspiracy theories tell us more about the people who promulgate them than they do about what’s happening in the world, Tony spouts something telling us that he’s probably stupid.

    That’s actually par for the course for Tony.

    The other day, Tony willfully failed to acknowledge the difference between standing up for free speech rights and standing up for the awful things people say–and that’s in spite of reading a libertarian website every day for more than ten years?!

    When I say all the evidence points to Tony not being very bright, that’s not a conspiracy theory. The evidence says a lot more about Tony than it does about me…. WELCOME TO MY JOB

  21. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

  22. “Nobody has argued that the 13 people the federal government has executed since July were completely innocent, though it’s worth noting that Higgs didn’t actually kill anybody. He was convicted for allegedly ordering the execution of three women and accused of being the ringleader of the operation.”

    So, yeah, not completely innocent.

  23. “or to delay executions because both Johnson and Higgs had gotten infected with COVID-19.”

    Why is that a reason to delay an execution? To protect the executioner from catching it? I can’t see how the prisoner has standing to raise that concern.

    What’s the worry here, that being executed while sick might have adverse health consequences? He might end up extra dead?

  24. Once you take the backlog of the Trump presidency and the entire Obama administration into account, this is barely one person a year. Even if you only count the time since July, it’s two a month. The only way to consider this “breakneck” is to be willfully ignorant.

    Every one of these criminals is a multiple murderer. Every one has been lawfully convicted, sentenced, and then had their reviews gone through with a fine tooth comb for over a decade.

    If you want to argue that the law should be changed to ban the death penalty, I will agree with you. However, that does not give you the right to make up nonsense arguments. It does not give you the right of a heckler’s veto to overturn the judgement of law, prosecution, judges, and juries.

  25. it’s worth noting that Higgs didn’t actually kill anybody. He was convicted for allegedly ordering the execution of three women and accused of being the ringleader of the operation. The man who actually shot the women

    Well then, the man who shot the women didn’t actually kill anyone either. The bullets did. Well, actually…the damage that the bullets did killed them. Either way, all the poor man did was direct the gun and pull a trigger, making him at least 2 steps away from what actually killed them.

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