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June 5, 2008

Georgia conducts its second post-Baze lethal injection (with a hiccup)

As detailed in this AP report, a "man who claimed his attorney was a racist who put up a flimsy defense was executed Wednesday for murdering two people, Georgia's second execution within a month."  Here are more details:

Curtis Osborne, 37, was executed at 9:05 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.... Osborne's execution was delayed for about two hours because the U.S. Supreme Court was considering his final appeal and then prison officials could not find a vein. While the lethal cocktail of drugs was administered, Osborne's eyes opened at one point and he took a deep breath.  His eyes then closed again.

Osborne, who is black, was sentenced to death for the August 1990 fatal shootings of Linda Lisa Seaborne and Arthur Jones.  The two were found shot to death in a car by the side of a dirt road in Spalding County, which is about 35 miles south of Atlanta....

Osborne's case attracted the attention of former president Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, who both urged state officials to commute the death sentence to life without parole. Norman Fletcher, the ex-chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, showed up in person Monday to ask for leniency. It was the first time he had made such an appearance, but he said he was drawn in by the "extraordinary nature" of the case.

More details about the case and the execution are available from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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One less murderer in the world.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 5, 2008 10:48:03 AM

I second that federalist.

Posted by: noway | Jun 5, 2008 10:53:50 AM

How do we get rid of folks like you, federalist?

Posted by: Bill Arthur | Jun 5, 2008 12:05:28 PM

What do you mean by that, Bill? Do you want me killed? Silenced?

Posted by: federalist | Jun 5, 2008 12:12:27 PM

That's a very good question. How do we get rid of the "hiccups" - like federalist?

Too bad, but not surprising, that he feels most at home on this blog.

Posted by: | Jun 5, 2008 12:13:27 PM

Well, the execution team took 35 minutes to find a vein. I assume the New York Times and Washington Post will be calling this a "botched execution."

Posted by: justice seeker | Jun 5, 2008 12:16:10 PM

Ah, the last refuge of the stupid--ad hominem.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 5, 2008 12:16:52 PM

Good point, JS. And, of course, to their way of thinking, it is "botched". The poor dear had to suffer people prodding and poking him to find a vein. I don't deny, of course, that the prisoner probably feels a bit of mental anguish, but, well, he's the one who put himself in that position.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 5, 2008 12:25:56 PM

Is it possible to be for the death penalty but still recognize that a human being, ( a child of God, from the perspective at least of a Christian), has been put to death. There is nothing to celebrate. Justice may have been served, but it is a somber matter. Federalist and his ilk give death penalty supporters a bad name. Mercy on your soul, Federalist.

Posted by: anon | Jun 5, 2008 12:53:09 PM

"Ah, the last refuge of the stupid--ad hominem."

I hope I'm not the only one who enjoys the irony in this statement.

Posted by: | Jun 5, 2008 1:02:47 PM


I agree with your first three sentences but not with your last two. A killer is still a human being, and there is no pleasure -- even if there is a form of satisfaction -- in executing him.

On the other hand, federalist gets beaten on regularly on this blog, mostly because his conservative opinions are in the minority. That is scarcely a reason to want to dispatch him. It is, to the contrary, a reason to value the diversity of viewpoint he provides.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 5, 2008 8:49:03 PM

1:02;47 It's relatively rare that you see ad hominem coming from me, and on those occasions I am either responding in kind or include an attack on the argument being made. It's funny how I am stupid, a trogolodyte or other things, but I don't see my points being knocked down.

I don't see how "One less killer in the world" is a celebration. I think it a good thing, that we have the moral courage to carry out justice--but we have executions because we have murderers, and that should never be forgotten.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 5, 2008 9:12:31 PM

Bill, The problem with Federalist is he doesn’t cite. I really don’t care one way or the other whether a non-lawyer wants to see inmates killed. But, failing to cite is really not acceptable in this day and age.

Posted by: S.cotus | Jun 6, 2008 7:17:22 AM

Bill, don't worry about S.cotus. He's not really all that bright. Take a gander at some nonsense he's written here before:

"Anyway, let me be clear on my point. It isn’t that complicated. 14th amendment equal protection post-dates the signing of the constitution and the ratification of the bill of rights by over a century. While the constitution was envisioned as a compact between the states and allocation of some federal and state power, and the bill of right was envisioned as a means to protect people from federal power, the post-civil war amendments were viewed as a way to reign in the evil in the south. It was not until later that the “rights” recognized in the “bill of rights” began being “incorporated” to the states (i.e. applied to the states as well as the federal government). The extent to which they applied is not 100% clear, though most people will always say, “sure, they all do.” Off the top of my head, the following are questionable areas of selective incorporation: 1) establishment clause (maybe this is just Justice Thomas); 2) the 2d amendment; 3) 8th amendment prohibition against unreasonable bail); and 4) the interrelationship between the ADA and the 11th and 14th amendments (i.e. Congress’s ability to abrogate state sovereign immunity in the name of the 14th)."

Posted by: federalist | Jun 8, 2008 12:35:33 PM


I'm getting the idea. It's too bad, really. I'm for letting a thousand flowers bloom, but when they turn out to be dandelions, I start to wonder.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 8, 2008 2:11:10 PM

That's why I call S.cotus "Gratiano".

Posted by: federalist | Jun 9, 2008 9:38:12 PM

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