U.S. kills its 1000th convict!

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  1. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    Kenneth Lee Boyd, 57, was executed this morning by lethal injection as his sentence in the murder of his estranged wife and her father.
    Interestingly, as far as we know, this is no. 1000 after the 10-year moratorium on capital punishment that ended in 1976 with a Supreme Court ruling that usurped the states' power to have their own, individual laws on the subject.

    Who was the first to die after the moratorium? Some dude in Utah.
    He was executed in 1977. By a firing squad. So macho.
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    What if we had a place for politically based topics to be discussed? And we could make a privilege for members who support the site who a donation. Man, I should contact Paul and tell him to get started.
  3. Acephalous


    Jul 10, 2004
    Homicide... :scowl:
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Yeah, this is definitely lobby material...
  5. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    To me it seems like it might be more on a value of life than political.
  6. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I think that was Gary Gilmore.

    I remember him from a Saturday Night Live skit. Sung to the tune of 'Walking In A Winter Wonderland'

    In the meadow we can build a snowman
    With Gary Gilmore trapped there deep inside
    We'll say 'Are you dead yet?' He'll say 'No, man"
    But firing squads will soon give it a try.

    Or something like that.
  7. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    still, it has a high potential for controversy. Off topic is not a good place for this.
  8. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    I originally had scathing comments implied with choice words about "God's country"

    But, sometimes, it's better to pick your battles. I thought, if for nothing else, it would be good archival material, next to all the other off-topic nonsense, like joining the military or playing with your bass behind your head with your feet.
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Moved to TPA

    [edit] I didn't notice it was closed.

    I close this for the time being, I'll reopen it when TPA is open again and move it there.
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