State sets June 17 execution date for Wellons | http://www.ajc.com
The 11th Circuit heard the case after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 said the erotic gifts raised questions that required further examination. A death penalty case “must be conducted with dignity and respect, ” the high court said.
The justices found disturbing a penis-shaped chocolate that was given to Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley and chocolate breasts sent to the court bailiff after the 1993 trial.
In its subsequent ruling, the 11th Circuit said Staley neglected to properly handle the situation. She should have admonished or disciplined the jurors who were involved and should have disclosed what happened to prosecutors and Wellons’ lawyers so they could have made timely objections, the ruling said.
With visions of friendly fire taking five of our soldiers lives this week, the very last thing I want to think about is their sacrificing their lives so that the silliest of citizens can be selected from jury pools to deliver death sentences with smiles on their faces, and a warm, fuzzy feeling inside … a feeling so expansive and lighthearted that it inspires raunchy gift-giving, not to each other, but to the judge and bailiff.
But here I sit, thinking about those soldiers sacrifices for silly citizens, wondering if the spirit will move the jurors to even more exuberant displays of delight over the taking of Marcus Wellons’ life … perhaps inspiring the gifting of chocolate buttocks this time.
The way I see it (as do most advanced nations) is that preserving the medieval madness of portraying vengeance as justice so as to perpetrate the most premeditated of all homicides – execution – is not worth the sacrifice of so much as single soldier’s life, particularly not to friendly fire.
Do hold us accountable, world; we say we can shine the light of democracy everywhere, when we obviously can’t even get it to glow dimly right here. We coined the phrase “acceptable losses,” and it now applies to damn near everyone, and everything.