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Here’s What I Don’t Understand


Georgia is about to execute a woman who convinced her lover to kill her husband because, you know, there was insurance and a house and, well, that lover.  It would all work out and they could ride off into the sunset enriched and happy.

Only that didn’t quite work out and she was sentenced to death.

And now we have the outrage welling up that we’re about to execute a woman because somehow that is different than executing a man.  Yes, I know that many, if most, death penalty opponents really don’t care if it’s a man or woman about to be executed.  However, the nature of the outrage seems to change significantly in the rare instances when a woman is about to be executed.  AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY?!?!?!

I am opposed to the death penalty with every fiber of my being .. man, woman, child, whatever and whoever … I am opposed.  But the increased outrage because it’s a woman!!! just absolutely offends me.  It may be the media’s fault, it may be for another reason, but nothing I’ve seen suggests that she should be granted clemency because she is innocent or somehow less culpable.  Instead, everything I’ve seen far seems to hinge on the fact that she is a woman.  Please, stop.  If we are going to have the death penalty than the gender of the perpetrator is simply irrelevant.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma is about to execute a man who allegedly paid to have his boss killed.  Only problem is the individual who committed the murder is a convicted criminal liar, and drug addict who lied and threw the man under the bus in order to save himself from the death penalty, an effort that proved successful, and then told people in prison that’s what he did.  And two of those individuals who have no relationship to the man about to be executed came forward and offered sworn testimony on what the man who committed the murder told them.  And what is the prosecution doing … trying to intimidate those two witnesses and claiming since they are convicted criminals, liars, and drug addicts they should not be believed.  Hmmmm….

Meanwhile, the mainstream media reports on the woman about to be executed and the efforts to get her sentence commuted to life in prison, the mainstream media is virtually non-existent in the second story.

So, not only is the implementation of the death penalty somewhat arbitrary and dependent on where you live and who you are, but our media’s coverage of the thing and our outrage over it is just as arbitrary.  Sad that is the case when it comes to killing people.

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3 responses to “Here’s What I Don’t Understand

  1. Amy Reese September 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Mark, that doesn’t make any sense to me either. The only thing that I can think of is that first story is a bit saucier and makes for a better headline. Killing for love…people get passionate about that one. Like you, I don’t like the death penalty either way.

    • kingmidget September 30, 2015 at 6:04 am

      I think it’s because women so rarely get the death penalty that when it happens its NEWS. I also think there are plenty of people who just can’t get their heads around executing a woman. They’re the ones who think women are … well, you know, they probably think her lover was in charge and she was just along for the ride. Surely, a woman couldn’t have actually decided to do this horrible thing with a man there to lead her, right? (sarcasm is a beautiful thing)

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