Wednesday, July 12, 2006

at the intersection of homicide and suicide...

did you know that there are over 30,000 suicides each year in the united states???

well, the amnesty international program to abolish the death penalty blog reported last week that 3 "volunteers" were scheduled for execution this week...fortunately one, bobby wilcher in mississippi, was stayed ...

but this question about "volunteering" for execution has had interesting light shed on it by professor john blume in his article killing the willing: "volunteers," suicide and competency ...

the lil' jesuit dude down in tennessee blogged about this phenomena yesterday with eloquence and you should check it out...

and then comment back here - this deserves your input in a conversation...

peace out - <3

2 comments:

KSdpfocus said...

Unfortunately, those that push the death machine won't care whether the "volunteer" is accepting justice or mentally ill. If they cared they would not have sought death in the first place. To them, those on death row are not people and so their mental status means nothing - so long as they die. I agree with all the posts in the blogsphere on this topic but I don't honestly thing it's going to get us anywhere with the general public or those in power.

the tennessee dude said...

i think you may echo somthing true KS but on some cases involving those who waive their appeals we have literally nothing else to work with ... do you think that using this frame in those cases actually hurts our long-term work?

thx fo writing...