Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Lack of Protesters?

I'm not going to jump on any kind of execution soapbox here, but I caught something kind of interesting as I listened to Larry King Live the other night, when John Allen Muhammad was going to be executed.

Larry had a reporter on the scene at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, VA, and she was explaining the physical layout of where the reporters where outside the facility, compared to the building where the execution took place. Apparently, there was a section cordoned off for death penalty protesters.

According to (and almost every other article you read before hand), "At the appointed hour, Muhammad will be strapped to a gurney. By then, as with every Virginia execution, protesters will have gathered in a field outside the prison -- people opposed to the death penalty no matter how terrible the crime."

I wish I had the wording here, but basically, Larry asked the reporter if there were very many protesters there that night. She said basically, no, there were none to speak of.

But according to the Baltimore Sun, "A large contingent of news media assembled outside the prison hours before the execution time. More than a dozen television satellite trucks parked outside the main gate and razor-wire fence. A few hundred yards away, a handful of protesters held anti-death penalty signs. One read: "We remember the victims...but not with more killing.

"Capital punishment supporters also were present. Pam Clarke, who came with her 13-year-old daughter, Emma Jo, said: "What he did just terrorized so many people...An eye for an eye."

If that's the case, then that's amazingly interesting to me, that what Muhammad did was so incredibly heinous, that even death penalty protesters felt the need to stand up for him. According to the Christian Science Monitor the night before Muhammad's execution, "It has been almost six years since Mr. Muhammad was sentenced to death for the murder of Dean Meyers, one of the 10 people killed during apparently random sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area in September and October 2002."

"Muhammad was executed by lethal injection on November 10, 2009, at 9:06 PM EST at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, and was pronounced dead at 9:11 PM EST. Muhammad declined to make a final statement."

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