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June 3, 2010

Texas (and Ohio) helps keeps US execution pace rapid in 2010

As detailed in this AP report, Texas yesterday executed George Jones "for the fatal shooting of a Dallas man during a carjacking 17 years ago."  This execution was "the 12th this year in the nation's busiest death penalty state" and "two more executions are scheduled for Texas this month." 

In addition, as regular readers know and as this DPIC page details, Ohio is also helping to make sure the US execution rate in 2010 is steady by conducting an execution every month.  And, as this DPIC page of scheduled executions details, four other states besides Texas and Ohio also have executions scheduled for June.  If most of these scheduled executions are carried out, there will have been more than 30 executions in the first half of 2010, and the US will be on pace for the more executions in 2010 than the nation has had in nearly a decade.

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Too bad it's just an algae in the ocean.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jun 3, 2010 12:15:04 PM

30 executions in a country with per year murders in five figures--it's a measure of how the abolitionists win the message war that serious commentators would think this a rapid pace.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 3, 2010 1:06:44 PM

Federalist - it's not difficult to win the message war when the facts speak for themselves:

Amnesty USA - amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR51/048/2010/en/ec5f15ff-d677-4953-a120-46df0f78549d/amr510482010en.pdf
Copy and paste, or click on my name.

What is difficult is getting past the inertia inherent in the upper echelons of the legal system, and the blatant electioneering of political figures that play to peoples fears rather than to a rationalization of the evidence of gross abuse, inefficiency and ineffectiveness of a broken system of justice. That battle too is being won, but meanwhile innocent and undeserving victims of the system will continue to be executed in places like Ohio and Texas for a while longer.

Posted by: peter | Jun 3, 2010 1:23:53 PM

Peter, it gives me great pleasure to know that the offing of these animals causes you pychic pain.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 3, 2010 2:29:21 PM

peter --

The United States does not execute killers because the right-wing boogeyman is "playing to peoples fears." It may well be that we should be afraid of murderers, but by-and-large we aren't. We execute them because they deserve it.

You do not know better than the Framers, the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, the legisatures of the great majority of our states, or two-thirds of our people. Your insistence that you do is just amazing. Have you ever heard of modesty? You're entitled to your dissenting views, but, being in so outmanned a position, you are not entitled to an arrogant and acid condemnation of the majority as thoughtless and/or fear-driven primitives.

Get off your high horse.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 3, 2010 3:49:50 PM

Bill - 17 of the 25 executions this year (>2/3rds)have occurred in Texas and Ohio; and the number in Texas was itself more than double that of Ohio. Even you might be able to work out that the use of the death penalty in those states is disproportionate to the rest of the US. A few years ago you were no doubt arguing that the death penalty was entirely appropriate for juveniles and for the mentally disabled. In fact some states, including Texas, do all they can to fudge the judgment of mental incapacity, and sometimes age, to ensure execution. It is impossible to hide from or to justify this glaring anomaly which illustrates so vividly the arbitrary, capricious and prejudiced nature of the death penalty in the US.

Posted by: peter | Jun 3, 2010 4:50:46 PM

peter --

1. Federalism presupposes variations from state to state in what the law is and how it is carried out.

2. The principal argument that killers 16 and 17 years old should be subject to execution was made not by me, but by that well-known primitive and right-wing extremist, Sandra Day O'Connor, sharply dissenting in Roper v. Simmons.

3. I agree that there is a good deal of fudging on these mental capacity tests, almost all of it by defense counsel who know where to rent a sure-fire shrink to find their client not merely a moron but a saint to boot.

4. Your pangs against the "arbitrary, capricious and prejudiced" nature of the DP would have less of a hollow ring if you did not equally oppose the many death sentences that bore no hint of those vices, e.g., McVeigh, McDuff, Tookie Williams, Couey, Allen, Gacy, etc., et al.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 3, 2010 6:07:21 PM

Your claim that the death penalty is going to die out because fewer states are executing fewer inmates would carry more weight if there hadn't been a period of many years where there were no executions in this country followed by a resurgence in the death penalty. The period from 1968 to 1976 saw NO executions whatsoever, the death penalty's abolition in several states and commutations for thousands of death row inmates in every state. There have been 1213 executions since.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 3, 2010 10:41:46 PM

A little pot is soon hot.

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