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Hill Executed


Twenty-four years ago next month, Officer Stephen Taylor was brutally gunned down while performing his duty protecting the people of Penasacola. Just punishment for this crime was finally carried out at 6:12ET this evening, about 20 years longer than a thorough review of the case should have taken. The post-execution AP story is here. CJLF's brief in the Supreme Court Hill case earlier this year, which includes a summary of the facts and the convoluted procedural history, is here.


Hill's execution probably marks the zenith of the griping by the guilty that their demise should be far more peaceful than what they afforded their victims. The non-dilatory are left with a contention that the chemical cocktail is inefficient, which implies an easy fix by simply bettering the brew. Instead of wasting time by going down this dead end road, the condemned would have greater odds of staying alive by accepting responsibility for their crimes, expressing remorse to their victims and society at large, and in a request for clemency demonstrate their efforts to be positive and productive. The likelihood of this approach becoming the next "claim de jour" amongst the condemned and their supporters says something about them.

I have only followed the case sporadically but was shocked to see the article this morning in the Orlando Sentinel and the picture of the slain officer's wife. Apparently she was so distraught that she couldn't even read a prepared statement after the execution.

To me it is unconscionable that our court system would let the family of a cruelly murdered person be forced to wait 24 years to see justice done and to be forced to re-live the horrors over and over durintg the long drawn out process.

I'm probably "preaching to the choir", so thank you for fighting this horrific practice.

It is a major contributor to ever-increasingly brutal crimes in this country. The bible is right when it quotes God as saying “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
(Ecclesiates 8:11)

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