Thursday, December 01, 2005

1,000 Now In North Carolina

Governor Mike Easley is not afraid to execute murders, and refused to grant clemency to Kenneth Lee Boyd, who was convited of killing his ex-wife, and father in-law. The murder was very personal, but no less personal than that of Robin Lovitt whom Governor Mark Warner let live only a few days ago.

During the slayings, Boyd's son Christopher was pinned under his mother's body as Boyd unloaded a .357-Magnum into her. The boy pushed his way under a bed to escape the barrage. Another son grabbed the pistol while Boyd tried to reload.
So now-Virginia will not execute the 1,000 murderer, my old state of North Carolina will. In California, the liberal ploy to get notorious racist murder Tookie Williams' execution commuted so he can "HELP THE CHILDREN!" has been blocked by the State Supreme Court. I find this case so disturbing, that I am going to do my little boycott, and am not going to buy another Jamie Foxx movie again. Any man who believes Tookie Williams should be granted clemency because it will help children is simply insane. I've heard of the bloody Crips gang all my life, and would have never guessed it's FOUNDER actually had supporters. I feel Tookie should be executed just based on the fact he started one of the worst gangs in American history. Hollywood has lost their minds.


At 12/01/2005 11:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm sure Warner commuted his sentence because he was afraid ....

o, no ... nothing to do with the whole losing the EVIDENCE thing.

At 12/02/2005 12:21:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

I never said Warner was afraid, your reading to much into it.

The losing evidence was not as you say "lose it". It was procedure.

At 12/02/2005 03:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I've heard of the bloody Crips gang all my life, and would have never guessed it's FOUNDER actually had supporters. I feel Tookie should be executed just based on the fact he started one of the worst gangs in American history."

To be fair and honest (I know, not really the game around here, but anywhere) the dude has spent most of his time in prison trying to unform the Crips and speak out against gangs.

I wouldn't expect a heathen to understand the concept of redemption and forgiveness though, so no matter.

At 12/02/2005 06:47:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

A few points here:

First, on Lovitt, if the State lost physical evidence that they were required to keep, evidence that could potentially exonerate him, then his sentence should be commuted to life in prison. Period. The Death Penalty is an important part of our judicial system, but it has to be applied fairly to be effective. The State must be held to a standard of competence and, in case where it fails, must be held accountable. As a Death Penaly advocate, I believe that we must err on the side of caution in cases such as this, simply because not doing so weakens the case for using it in the first place.

As for Tookie, I don't have strong feelings either way. Although I will say this: If you have the opportunity to use him as an example of how to be a model prisoner and how to turn your crime into something that can actually benefit society in the long run (i.e. Speaking out against gang violence), then maybe commuting his sentence to life in prison (w/o p.o.p) isn't such a bad idea. Imagine the young violent offender who sees this example. If he believes that by behaving in a particular way that he might receive clemency, that is a strong motivation to do so. Actual cases of clemency should be very rare, but in this case the carrot might be preferable in the long run to the stick.

At 12/02/2005 06:52:00 AM, Anonymous The Ghost of Tom Joad said... is "procedure" to keep evidence until all of Lovitt's avenues of appeal were exausted. That's the law of Virginia. I know this situation doesn't fit into your paradigm. You do care about the law don't you?

At 12/02/2005 09:07:00 AM, Blogger AWCheney said...

Insofar as this Tookie Williams spending his time in prison trying to "unform" the Crips, it would seem that his efforts are perhaps less than effective considering that they have grown and expanded faster than any other gang in the country. During these so-called efforts, we've actually seen and felt their presence here in western Prince William...something I never thought I would live to see. Given that the man has no procedural errors to fall back on and has exhausted his appeals, I'd say that he's right where he belongs.

At 12/02/2005 09:35:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

TC, you are one sadistic bastard.

At 12/04/2005 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good ol' Tookie's done such a great job & had such a great influence on the children that he couldn't even manage to influence his own children who are now gang members, drug users, and prison inmates.

A real positive influence on society, he is!


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