Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Euthanasia?

For some reason, this reminds me of that old Ramones song from the late '70s, I Wanna Be Sedated:

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-oh
I wanna be sedated
Just get me to the airport put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane...

Seriously, though: The state of Oklahoma is proceding with plans to execute this guy whose lung cancer has spread to his brain and beyond. From the Associated Press:

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The state parole board refused Tuesday to block the
execution of a death row inmate who is dying of cancer.

Jimmy Dale Bland is to be executed June 26 for the Nov. 14, 1996, murder of
62-year-old Doyle Windle Rains 11 years ago.

He is "on the verge of death" with advanced lung cancer that has spread to
his brain and his hip bone despite radiation and chemotherapy, defense attorney
David Autry told the five-member Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Even if the 49-year-old man were not executed, doctors have said he has as
little as six months to live, Autry said.

The board voted 5-0 to deny clemency. Bland chose not to address the board
via videoconference from his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in
McAlester and did not speak to board investigators before Tuesday's
hearing.

"He feels at this point that all hope is lost," Autry said.

He said Bland's death sentence should be commuted out of "simple decency
and mercy for a person who is terminally ill and is going to die
anyway."

Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham said Bland's medical condition was
not grounds for clemency, and that Bland forfeited his right to die of natural
causes when he shot the victim in the back of the head.

"Cancer doesn't change what happened at that trial," Branham
said.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Bland's final appeal in April.
Autry said courts had found prosecutorial misconduct in Bland's trial but that the
acts were not serious enough to reverse the conviction and order a new
trial.

Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated

Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated

2 comments:

CrankyOldMan said...

How much does it cost to kill the guy? On taxpayer grounds alone it's absurd - "Quick! For God's sake -- kill him before he dies!"

This can be an ugly, ugly country.

Anonymous said...

if i ever see a right wing blogger use the ramones so deftly i'll die of sadness...nice...