Started by Guest, April 08, 2006, 11:23:07 AM
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Writing for the majority, Justice Tom Chambers said the "moral question" of whether those on death row can be executed while a notorious serial killer is given life is best left to state lawmakers or the people of Washington.
A dissenting opinion authored by Justice Charles Johnson stated, "When Gary Ridgway, the worst mass murderer in this state's history, escapes the death penalty, serious flaws become apparent.
The death penalty is like lightning, randomly striking some defendants and not others.
Where the death penalty is not imposed on Gary Ridgway, Ben Ng and Kwan Fai Mak (the latter two convicted in Seattle's 1983 Wah Mee massacre), who represent the worst mass murders in Washington's history, on what basis do we determine on whom it is imposed?
No rational explanation exists to explain why some individuals escape the penalty of death and others do not."
An editorial in the News Tribune echoed the dissenting justices' opinion, stating:Since the 1960s, Washington has executed only 4 condemned murderers - and three of those sought death by refusing to appeal their sentences.
The rarity of executions speaks well of this state.
Being a resident of the Evergreen and highly questionable state, I cannot support the thinking of our officials with regard to the DP. We have a full house on Death Row and are far too generous with LWOP. I maintain, that the length of time spent on DR is far too long. Appeals and arguments should be completed in 5 years. The taxpayers are tired of being manipulated by a tired and lethargic government. The amount of monies being spent to house these useless lumps of flesh is abominable! I say, get to it, lets get it over with.
How about training volunteers, from a pool of the survivors families, and let them get their justice. It's not hard to strick a needle into someone.
Great point POD...and Washington State has someone willing to take the bit in his teeth and dispense JUSTICE...our very own Wildcat63!
Yeah I will.. and I'll get JT to work with me. WTF was this idiot judge thinking? Sometimes I cannot fathom the sheer stupidity of those in Olympia. JT GET YER ROPE LET'S ROLL!!!!