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June 18, 2012

South Dakota murderer says his "sentence of death is justly deserved ... and should be carried out"

The AP has this notable new piece, headlined "AP Exclusive: Inmate says death will bring justice." Here are excerpts:

A convicted murderer said in a letter written from death row that the South Dakota Supreme Court owes it not only to him but to the family of the prison guard he killed to allow his execution to take place in a timely manner.  It's the only way, he said, the guard's family can get justice.

Eric Robert, 50, pleaded guilty to killing Ron Johnson during a botched prison escape at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and asked to be put to death.  A judge determined in October that the crime merited the death sentence, and Robert was scheduled for execution the week of May 13.

But the state Supreme Court postponed the date in February to allow more time for a mandatory review to make sure the death penalty was proper, even though Robert hadn't appealed the conviction or sentence.  The review could take up to two years.

In a three-page letter to the Associated Press, Robert detailed why he believes the death sentence is appropriate in his case and described his aggravation with the delay.  The letter represented Robert's first public comments since his October sentencing.  He said justice works differently in death penalty cases than in others.

"Victims of non-capital offenses receive their justice when the perpetrator is placed in custody. Victims in capital cases receive their justice when the perpetrator is executed. Give the Ron Johnson family their justice, they have been forced to wait too long. I finish where I started — I deserve to die," he said, alluding to a statement he read during his trial that started with "I deserve to die."...

In his letter, Robert noted that everyone agrees he is mentally competent.  "Yet, as recently as May 8, 2012, the (South Dakota Supreme Court) was still nosing around this issue. They just can't seem to fathom that a defendant would accept a just fate," he wrote, later adding he has a right to plead guilty and receive the death penalty.  "I am free to admit my guilt, as well as acknowledge and accept society's punishment just as I am free to proclaim innocence in defiance of a verdict.  I believe that the sentence of death is justly deserved in any murder and should be carried out."

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Clearly mentally deranged. Definitely a Ford candidate.

Cue Bill Otis' head exploding over this one.

Just trollin' with ya, Bill, by the way.

Posted by: Mark Pickrell | Jun 18, 2012 6:42:20 PM

Isn't this a tough one for abolitionists to argue with?

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | Jun 18, 2012 10:36:32 PM

Such candor and honesty should be rewarded with restaurant meals, and conjugal visits by prostitutes or a girlfriend.

Contrast this prisoner conduct with the weasel behavior of the courts. AS part of the lawyer hierarchy, all appellate court judges should be arrested, get an hour's fair trial and then be executed for their insurrection against the constitution. The sooner that happens, the sooner all social pathologies in the nation can end, including slow economic growth.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 19, 2012 4:15:56 AM

|| An execution date has been set for August 14 for Oklahoma death row inmate Michael Edward Hooper.
In 1993, Hooper killed his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend and her two children - Tanya, age 5, and Timmy, age 3.

"Hooper shot each victim in the head twice and buried their bodies in a shallow grave in a secluded field." ||

--Of course none of the immoral slaughters by Robert or by Hooper are worthy of death to an abolitionist,
because one will not distinguish between an aggravated murder and an adjudicated execution.

{ Presumably, an anti-death penalty advocate fails to discern the qualitative difference
between an innocent murder victim and a guilty murderer}.

'killing is killing, whether the state is lethally poisoning such as Hooper,
or Hooper is putting a gun to
the heads of a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old
and shooting-out their brains' ?

Posted by: Adamakis | Jun 19, 2012 10:53:05 AM

Nice of him to give his opinion, but apparently the people of the state prefer a slightly different approach.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 19, 2012 3:12:42 PM

what i think is nuts about this!

"Eric Robert, 50, pleaded guilty to killing Ron Johnson during a botched prison escape at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and asked to be put to death. A judge determined in October that the crime merited the death sentence, and Robert was scheduled for execution the week of May 13.

But the state Supreme Court postponed the date in February to allow more time for a mandatory review to make sure the death penalty was proper, even though Robert hadn't appealed the conviction or sentence. The review could take up to two years."

IF the revue is in fact MANDATORY why the HELL would you even set a friggin date BEFORE it was finished?


thats just retarded! and could be said to be criminal.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 19, 2012 7:22:12 PM

Given that Robert Gleeson killed again because he felt his desire to get the death penalty wasn't being taken seriously, delaying his execution and that of his co-conspirator could make them more likely to kill again.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 20, 2012 12:22:04 AM

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