Punishing Tuesday

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Brigid Delaney: In your book Just Mercy you write about a death penalty case where your client Herbert Richardson was executed. You were with him in his last hours. One of the most interesting things was how you observed a sense of shame and discomfort among the prison staff involved in the execution. Tell us about that experience.

Bryan Stevenson: It was the first time I had got involved with someone who was executed, and we got involved very late. After fighting and running and rushing and pushing so hard to get a stay [of execution], they denied the stay motion and I was intimate with these people who were attempting to carry out the execution. It was surreal. But it was surreal for them too. There is no natural way to systematically engage in killing another human being who is not a threat to you, who doesn’t have to be killed, but is killed to express what kind of people we are and what our society wants.

This guard who I write about hadn’t thought about what it was going to be like to get the family members of this condemned man to basically walk away from him so he could be strapped in the electric chair. The intensity of the emotions of the family members – he had just been married and his wife grabbed him and would not let him go – sobbing and the intensity of that, was completely unnerving to these corrections guards who were being ordered by other people who were far enough away not to hear the sobbing – the pain of trying to pull these people away.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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13 Responses to Punishing Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    The State has no business killing anyone, period. Pack them away for the duration and if it turns out they were wrongfully convicted they will be around to let loose. So many variables including crooked prosecutors make getting a honest conviction difficult.

    Donuts! Get them now! Coffee too.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      I agree.

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    • º¿carol says:

      I’ve always been against the death penalty. I never understood how killing someone for killing someone wasn’t….killing someone. It’s murder, pure and simple and we should be beyond that in this country like the civilized European countries are.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    High noon.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Jill dropped Quincy off to spend the night so she can go to her boyfriend’s son’s basketball game AND leave for work in the morning w/o having to drive here to drop Q off.

    It’s still cold. I went to town today, drove home in a blizzard but it was over after I got home and no accumulation.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    I now think it is Uranus I see above Venus.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    All lights off at the house of the Mimn. Completely atypical.

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  6. Den says:

    Nice weather continues to plague the region with repeated days in the 70’s,
    brutal.

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  7. Den says:

    My best sheep called, he said they needed counting, I volunteered.

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