Three weeks. Three executions.

North Carolina will find itself in the national spotlight later this month with three - count 'em - three instances of state-sponsored killing on three successive Fridays. The story is all over the internets.

The first scheduled execution this year is on Jan. 26 for Marcus Reymond Robinson, 33, who was convicted in the June 1991 murder and robbery of Erik Tornblom. His attorneys plan to appeal to Gov. Mike Easley for clemency Wednesday. Easley spokeswoman Renee Hoffman acknowledged that the governor has received a request from Robinson's attorneys about a moratorium on the death penalty but declined additional comment.

James Edward Thomas, 51, is scheduled to be executed Feb. 2 for the 1987 killing of Teresa Ann West and James Adolph Campbell, 45, is scheduled to be put to death Feb. 9. Campbell was sentenced to death for the slaying of Katherine Price in 1993.

The state has scheduled three executions in a row before, the last time in late 2005, when Steven McHone and Elias Syriani were killed in successive weeks. Court action delayed an execution scheduled for the next week.

Keith Acree, a spokesman for the state Department of Correction, said he recalled other incidents of inmates being executed in successive weeks. "If you go back to the 1940s, you can find multiple executions on the same day, sometimes three a day," Acree said.

Gee, Keith, doesn't it just make you wish for the good old days?

As happens every time, these killings will be carried out in the wee hours, hidden from public view, as though the dark of night somehow sanctifies the act, makes it less heinous, less appalling. Shouldn't those who believe in state-sponsored executions be proud of doing their civic duty? Why aren't they pushing for guillotines in our town squares, with We the People gathering round for all their blood lust and festivities?

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Moratorium

This I don't understand. The State of North Carolina, in all its infinite wisdom, imposed a moratorium on new or expanded factory hog farms a few years back. Our legislators came together and agreed that the current system of dumping millions of tons of hog shit into our environment wasn't working so well - and we all needed a breather to work out a better approach.

Do these same legislators think our system of capital punishment is working "just fine?" Why not take a breather for a serious and critical examination of all the issues? There'll be plenty of time to kill later, don't worry.

The Hog Story

All the data is out there

and even I can understand it. It shouldn't take a study commission to tell them something is wrong. I bet it would take only 10 - 15 minutes of reading if they were only willing to put in the time.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Methinks

they have adopted the Puppet model of governance: "Don't confuse me with the facts."

Makes me sick to think about it

The Common Sense Foundation has this on the front page of their site. It's a report from October 2006. It's excellent.

Like I said...10 - 15 minutes reading tops.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Easley could award Clemency for a person with brain damage

The Governor should grant clemency to Robinson. He is brain damaged and was abused in his early life. He is young, was young when the crime occurred.

PFADP will hold a about a vigil for clemency at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17. in Raleigh. That morning there will be a hearing about clemency. If we can not go, we can call the Governor and let him know how we feel about this.

This is our tax dollars being used.

Contact Gov. Mike Easley at:
Governor's Office, 20301 Mail Services Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 Email: governor.office@ncmail.net or through www.governor.state.nc.us
Fax: (919) 733-2120 or 715-3175
Tel: 1-800-662-7952 (North Carolina only) or (919) 733-5811

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