Carol Platt Liebau: "Show Me" Concern for the Victims

Monday, June 26, 2006

"Show Me" Concern for the Victims

A brutal crime has rocked the St. Louis area:

[The defendant, a teacher] is accused of attacking 17-year-old Ashley Reeves, of Millstadt, choking her three times, wrenching her neck to the near-breaking point and dumping her body in Belleville’s Citizens Park on April 27.

Make no mistake, the accused isn't eligible for the death penalty. But in light of the "heinous and brutal" nature of that crime, it seemed particularly jarring to read that a federal judge in Missouri has halted executions in the state because of concern that inmates are confronting an unnecessary risk of "unconstitutional pain and suffering." (In part, the judge criticizes the protocols because the doctor mixing the "lethal cocktail" is dyslexic -- an outrageous slur on the competence and efficiency of dyslexics, who actually tend to have IQs that are significantly higher than normal).

No one wants the death penalty administered in a blatantly inhumane or unconstitutional manner. But even as federal judges get very finicky about the way that criminals are dispatched, it's hard not to remember that Ashley Reeves was left for dead in a Belleville Park, and remained there 30 hours before being found. Presumably, the victims of the murderers whose sentences are being stayed suffered even more at the hands of even more vicious criminals.

So forgive me if I'm just a touch more concerned about the well-being of victims like Ashley than the comfort of criminals as they depart for the hereafter.


Blogger Dittohead said...

The two cases are not related. Good for the judge. The state has acted incompetently by executing people without having established a means to do so. Once they get their act together, they can get back to the killing.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Touching to see your concern for the brutalized victim, ditto!

I believe Carol's point is the totally stupid idea of declaring the death penalty unconstitutional because a pin prick might inflict pain on a sociopathic rapist and murderer. Who gives a rat's tail if the criminal has a touch of pain or not? Was there concern or compassion shown to the victim? Safe bet that it wasn't! Why be so concerned about the perpetrator, then?

More PC stupidity!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

I vote for Pete for executioner.

12:41 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

I vote for dhead to go and try to reason with the murderers, make them all find loooove. you know? Human Rights and kindness. After all, their mama's didn't choose to abort them.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Oh Copioneer, you would prefer the executioner eat Jeffery Dalmer's head. Such a nieanderthal.

9:06 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Hardy har har, at least neanderthal's didn't have this choice as the cornerstone of their party.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Hardy har har, at least neanderthal's didn't have this choice as the cornerstone of their party."

EWWW!!! Hey everyone, go check out COPioneer's link! There's an abortion video you can download ONTO YOUR IPOD!!! LOL!!! (Presumably so one can entertain herself on those long cross-country Phelps family bus trips.)

10:47 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

It's truly sad how you laugh at murdering the most defenseless in society. You are a pathetic human being.

1:12 PM  

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