Thursday, January 19, 2006

Quote of the day

Today's quote of the day comes from the spokesman for California's prison system, explaining what would have happened if Clarence Ray Allen had suffered a heart attack before he was executed early Tuesday morning. Hat tip to both Tennessee Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's blog and to Ginny Sloan over at the Constitution Project for pointing this out.

From the Associated Press:

"Having suffered a heart attack back in September, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor."

"'At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life,' said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. 'We would resuscitate him,' then execute him."

Say what?

1 comment:

The Central Pennsylvania Abolitionist said...

After the SCOTUS ruling on Oregon's Dying with Dignity law, White House spokesman Scott McClellan:
"The president remains fully committed to building a culture of life," he said.

How does this guy keep a straight face when he says such things?