Texas prepares for crush of executions

Texas prepares for crush of executions

There are 154 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 24, 2008, titled Texas prepares for crush of executions. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

LIVINGSTON, Texas - Charles Hood and Lester Bower knew better than to hold out much hope that the U.S. Supreme Court was going to put a stop to their executions when it issued a key ruling on lethal injection ...

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Rob

Skokie, IL

#1 May 24, 2008
Get it over with already and quit wasting our money keeping these people alive.
Roadgeek

Elgin, TX

#2 May 24, 2008
I am proud to live in a state with an active death chamber. There are no shoplifters on Death Row; only killers. I am tired of supporting these thugs and wish the death penalty could be administered a bit more expeditiously; it might then serve as more of a deterrent.
Typical White Person

Phoenix, AZ

#3 May 24, 2008
Said Hood, 38: "None of us really expected the Supreme Court to make a difference.... But for a while, anyway, everything stopped. Your friends weren't being killed."

I wonder how the friends of the victims feel?

Since: Feb 08

AOL

#4 May 24, 2008
When these people have been on Death row for 15 - 20 yrs or more how can ANYONE complain about the state rushing to carry out the executions?

They weren't sentenced to die of old age...
Marine Dad

Marengo, IL

#5 May 24, 2008
Why is Texas the only state in the Union that chooses to execute people in the quantity they do?
Tic

Hinsdale, IL

#6 May 24, 2008
Texas takes the law seriously
all states should learn from Texas
Tim

Mount Prospect, IL

#7 May 24, 2008
Marine Dad wrote:
Why is Texas the only state in the Union that chooses to execute people in the quantity they do?
Let's see..because they aren't a bunch of spineless liberals.
Illinois

South Charleston, OH

#8 May 24, 2008
Death Penalty, assists prison overcrowding.
DEVO

United States

#9 May 24, 2008
I have to admit, the idea of living in Texas isn't as bad as I was led to believe.
Now only if we can get politicians like that in Chicago!

Gangs would be a thing of the past.
Illinois

South Charleston, OH

#10 May 24, 2008
ilphil wrote:
When these people have been on Death row for 15 - 20 yrs or more how can ANYONE complain about the state rushing to carry out the executions?
They weren't sentenced to die of old age...
15, 20, years? 15, 20, minutes after conviction, would be much better.
Mr Ed

Aurora, IL

#11 May 24, 2008
Said Hood, 38: "None of us really expected the Supreme Court to make a difference.... But for a while, anyway, everything stopped. Your friends weren't being killed."

I wonder who Hood killed to end up on Death Row? Sounds like an innocent guy, probably falsely placed on Death Row, we should all feel sorry, and make special exceptions to nasty and vile killers, because even they can have friends...
Apollo

Beecher City, IL

#12 May 24, 2008
All of that oil drilling has Texans thinking like the Saudis. Execution lovers. Saudi Arabia adheres to a strict interpretation of the Koran while Texas adheres to a strict interpretation of the Old Testament teaching on capital punishment. Jesus' emphasis on forgiveness and respect for life is ignored by the heavily Baptist state. Don't kill a fetus but kill criminals and enemy combatants. It is still murder in my thinking. Too many Christians seem to ignore most of the New Testament. Except Paul's homophobic comments. Focus on the Beatitudes instead.
Mr Ed

Aurora, IL

#13 May 24, 2008
DEVO wrote:
I have to admit, the idea of living in Texas isn't as bad as I was led to believe.
Now only if we can get politicians like that in Chicago!
Gangs would be a thing of the past.
If the police got in shape in Chicago they might be able to out run a gang banger and bring them in for justice, I guess it is easier to park around South Port and shop.
Kill Kill Kill

Munster, IN

#14 May 24, 2008
Texas, Sadam Hussien's Iraq, Pol Pot, the Soviet Union, Communist China have alot in common.
It is now quite clear that plenty of innocence men have been executed. In Illinois, it was plainly established that half the men on death row were innoncent.
Why are we the only western country that has state sponsored murder? I'm sure most of the idiots above voted for Dumbya both times. I hope someone you love is one day sentenced to death. Then we'll see if you continue to maintain your moronic hardass attitudes.
Illinois

South Charleston, OH

#15 May 24, 2008
DEVO wrote:
I have to admit, the idea of living in Texas isn't as bad as I was led to believe.
Now only if we can get politicians like that in Chicago!
Gangs would be a thing of the past.
I agree! But it'll never happen.

“Time to Trim Bushes Overdue”

Since: Dec 07

Chicago

#16 May 24, 2008
Illinois wrote:
<quoted text>15, 20, years? 15, 20, minutes after conviction, would be much better.
Yeah, right. That way the 55% of inmates on Illinois' death row who were subsequently found to be INNOCENT would not be around to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt what an idiot you are for this vicious, mindless and uncaring belief you cling to. You'd be a smash hit -- in the Klingon Empire maybe. Please -- go there soon.
Brother Stevethiah

Chicago, IL

#17 May 24, 2008
Roadgeek needs to use their brain. More of a deterrent? Are you kidding? Ban was lifted in '77 and people are still being condemned. The death penalty has been around as long as there have been people to carry it out. If it were an estimable deterrent, there wouldn't be a need for it today. If Texans are so down to business, man-up and change the term capital "punishment" to "revenge."
larry

Chicago, IL

#18 May 24, 2008
if you take a life you give a life,yours. if we had good judges in chicago all this gangbanging crap would end.
Lancelot Link

Chicago, IL

#19 May 24, 2008
It's a fine logic you bloodthirsty morons have. You would be the ones to claim that "gun laws don't deter crime, let's get rid of them" and yet the death penalty apparently doesn't deter crime so...we should have more of it? It's a good thing we hanged Saddam in 2006, otherwise we'd still have conflict in Iraq.
Luke

Chicago, IL

#20 May 24, 2008
"Let's see..because they aren't a bunch of spineless liberals."

"Now only if we can get politicians like that in Chicago!
Gangs would be a thing of the past."

Spineless liberals, eh? At least most liberals I know are not brainless.

Putting aside the FACT that the government continues to execute innocent people, and the gross hypocrisy of sanctioned, state-sponsored killing as a penalty for the very same action (just not state-sponsored), the death penalty has repeatedly been shown to lack any material power to deter people from committing crime.

After school programs and activities like the boy scouts actually work more effectively. Look it up, when you guys are done calling people names to obfuscate your idiocy.

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