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More on the Spisak Execution

Alan Johnson has this story in the Columbus Dispatch:

When Frank Spisak was going on "hunting parties" targeting blacks in Cleveland, Ronald Reagan was president, a stamp cost 20 cents and the Cincinnati Bengals played in the Super Bowl XVI.

More than 10,000 days later, Spisak, 59, a triple murderer, was executed today at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville. The time of death was 10:34 a.m.

That is a good way of illustrating how preposterous the delay is in a case with no question of guilt.  Whether Spisak's mental issues were sufficient to warrant a penalty less than death is something reasonable people can disagree on, but it does not warrant decades of litigation.  A trial, an appeal to review the trial, and an application for executive clemency are all the process that is due.  All other reviews should be limited to guilt-related issues.

Johnson also adds a nice touch on Spisak's last words.

Before the lethal chemical began flowing, Spisak recited -- in German -- the first seven verses from the 21st chapter of from the Book of Revelation. He had trouble reading the passage, which had to be moved closer to him.

He apparently did not read the eighth verse, which says: "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -- they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Doug Berman has this post on the case.  He also notes that the executions so far this year are dispersed around the country, not concentrated in one or two states.  The states are Oklahoma (2), Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and Ohio.

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