Saturday, August 27, 2005

Why are we force feeding this guy?


There are 2 quotes in this article from that pretty much summarize something that bothers me:

"A judge allowed corrections officials to forcibly feed convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad while he awaits trial in the county for six October 2002 killings."


"Muhammad has already been sentenced to die following a 2003 conviction for a sniper shooting in Manassas, Virginia."

Muhammad was one of the two snipers who were shooting at people in gas stations on the East Coast.

I don't understand why we are force feeding this guy?!? He has already been sentenced to death. So to force him to stay alive so that we can bring him to trial again seems stupid to me. The cost of keeping him alive, bringing him to trial, and then allowing for all the legal appeals he will get can be huge. And useless, given that in the end he will be put to death.

If he wants to shorten the process and save taxpayer money, we should give him some rope.


At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same things often happens in Japan. Some of the prisoner had to wait more than 30 years to be hunged. It costs over $30,000 par prisoner in Japan.
I think we have to be very careful to execute death penalty because hundreds of innocent people killed in the past because of unadequit investigation and miss judgement.
We don't have jury system so the judge control all the legal procedure. I don't think all the judge is not good people in sain.


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