As I wrote several weeks ago regarding the fate of multiple-murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams, I oppose the death penalty for a number of reasons:
I have a lot of reasons why I dislike and oppose the death penalty, and not one of them has to do with a concern for the fate of guilty men. I dislike the death penalty because it is irreversible, it is arbitrary, it is seemingly enforced in a haphazard manner, it seems to be more about race and class than guilt, it does not seem to prevent crime, and because I see no need to have a system that could kill one innocent man when we could keep them all imprisoned and avoid that risk.
Now, anti-death penalty advocates are latching on to another wholly unsympathetic character as the new poster-child in the fight against the death penalty:
Clarence Ray Allen will spend his 76th birthday preparing to die by lethal injection while his attorneys made a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution.
California’s oldest condemned convict was scheduled to be injected at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison.
Allen exhausted another of his legal options to stop his execution late Sunday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his appeal.
Attorneys for Allen, who’s on death row for ordering the hits of three people at a Fresno market in 1980, claimed executing him would be unconstitutionally cruel and unusual because of his age and health problems.***
Allen is legally blind, nearly deaf, suffered a heart attack in September and uses a wheelchair.
And what did this cuddly old man do?
While already serving time for murder at Folsom State Prison, Allen was sentenced to death in 1982 for hiring a hit man who killed Bryon Schletewitz, Douglas Scott White and Josephine Rocha at Fran’s Market. Allen had the trio killed because he feared their testimony would hurt his chances of success at overturning his murder conviction on appeal, prosecutors said.
This is the worst possible case anti-death penalty advocates could possibly latch on to, and as someone who does not like the death penalty, that kinda angers me. Not only is the man guilty, but he is an ARGUMENT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY, as he managed to murder people while incarcerated. That doesn’t help the cause when you are trying to claim that we don’t need to execute peopole, we should just put them away for life.
So sure, he is deaf, and blind, and in a wheelchair. But he is also guilty and should not be propped up by those of you who are concerned about hopefully one day ending capital punishment in the United States.