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November 14, 2013

Some early reactions to Gov. Kasich's surprise decision delay execution to explore organ donation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision to postponed today's scheduled execution of child-killer Ronald Phillips in order to determine if he can donate his organs prior to (or during?) his execution (reported here), has already, not surprisingly, generated considerable attention and has prompted a number of follow-up questions.  Here is some of the early buzzing and queries drawn from today's media headlines:

My own questions include whether (or really when) all the other condemned persons on on Ohio's death row will also offer to donate their organs if (and perhaps only when) their other legal appeal fail and they are only days from a scheduled execution.

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The answer to the question of Prof.Berman is that those delays are for the real benefit of the medical teams and their suffering patients. They are not pretextual, ridiculous, inventions of criminal lover judges.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 14, 2013 7:40:23 PM

As I said in my prior post on this topic I don't find the idea that juries will sentence people to death in order to harvest their organ persuasive, mostly because so long as the condemned could refuse it would be a fruitless gamble. Upon reflection, however, what I would oppose is an attempt by the legislature or a judge to make organ donation a part of the official sentence. In other words, the judge handing down a sentence that said "I sentence you to death and organ donation before you die." That would go over the line in my book. But so long as the prisoner is at least nominally free to choose, I do not see an ethical problem here.

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 14, 2013 9:41:26 PM

Daniel. You have to visit someone in heart failure to grasp the extreme cruelty of your comment. There should be a presumption of consent, with those oppsing donation forced to go to court to show cause. Emotion is not valid cause, perhaps established religious objectionmight be.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 15, 2013 8:01:40 AM

On January 18, 1993, Phillips murdered his girlfriend's daughter, three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, at her home in Akron.

Phillips had been sexually and physically abusing Sheila for some time.

[At the time of the homicide] Phillips severely beat Sheila in the head, face and abdomen, threw her against the walls, dragged her
by her hair and anally raped her.

Phillips confessed to police.
~~ www.cncpunishment.com

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 15, 2013 9:17:46 AM

| Child killer testifies from death row: 'I guess the Lord hid my veins' |
By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News, 1 Nov 13

"I guess the Lord hid my veins from them," Phillips said, according to The Associated Press. He added that he had a lifelong fear of needles.

Phillips, 40, was sentenced to death for the 1993 rape and beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans, and he was recently denied clemency.
| Death-row murderer Christian Longo, seen here during a 2003 court date, is offering support to Ronald Phillips' bid to donate his organs when he's executed. |

His lawyers say they have not been given enough time to investigate recent changes to Ohio's execution protocol .. "Phillips understands that reasonable people
find his crime extremely repugnant, brutal and shocking. He is now learning that an ethically challenged individual may be tabbed to make his execution drugs
from scratch," they wrote .. "The net result of this is that Phillips has an extreme fear..”..

Earlier this month, he asked the parole board for clemency on the grounds that he had been sexually and physically abused as a child
and the jury that gave him the death penalty didn't hear about the abuse.

"Ronald Phillips is not and was not a monster," his attorneys said in their petition for mercy. "
The parole board was unconvinced and decided to let the execution proceed.

"Phillips's crime is clearly among the worst of the worst capital crimes. Its depravity is self-evident," the panel wrote.
"Words cannot convey the barbarity of the crime..”..
_____ _____ _____
:: Not ironically, such an one who murders, rapes, and tortures another, refuses to repent but presumes the intervention of Almighty God.

Right attitude: "For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die". ~ Acts 25:11

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 15, 2013 9:32:41 AM

Change the law. A sentence of death should include removal of all useful organs, cremation of the body, prayer before the death is inflicted. Death by firing squad. Victims may sign up for the firing squad if they are still alive and relatives of a dead victim can sign up. Choose by lottery among those. The Governor must participate in the firing squad. Executions may not be done on legal holidays, Christmas, Easter, or Good Friday. Do them on Fridays and call them Bad Fridays.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Nov 15, 2013 10:43:23 AM

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