Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Media Watch: The Guardian On The Death Penalty

Can you tell how they feel about it?
Blind killer, 76, executed

A 76-year-old blind wheelchair-user who was also almost deaf was today executed in California after the US supreme court rejected an appeal that he was too frail to face the death penalty.
Yes, the state of California killed a disabled, old man. What did he do to be sentenced to death? Here's the next paragraph:
Clarence Ray Allen was sentenced to death in 1982 for ordering the murder of a witness to his murder of his son's 17-year-old girlfriend, who he had killed to stop her telling police about his robbery of a grocery store.
The ironic part:
Allen's heart stopped in September, but doctors revived him and returned him to death row.
"We've got to save him, so we can kill him."