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Videotaped Execution Carried Out


The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister has been executed after the courts allowed what was likely the nation's first video-recorded execution in almost two decades.

Andrew DeYoung was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night at the state prison in Jackson after courts turned down his appeals.

The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. DeYoung blinked his eyes and swallowed for about two minutes, then his eyes closed and he became still.

DeYoung murdered his parents and 14 year-old sister in order to gets his hands on the estate and insurance proceeds.

Over at Sentencing Law & Policy, the debate has been raging all day about whether the videotaping is a good thing.  Personally  --  and putting privacy concerns to one side  --  I have no great objection to it so long as we make sure that, if and when the videotape is played publicly, it's accompanied by a montage of equal length of photographs of the murder scene, including the victims' corpses, plus photographs of their autopsies.

If we're going to be taking a look at the result, we had best take an equally graphic look at the cause.

But for however that may be, tonight's execution did not live up to abolitionists' hopes.  The idea was to show the condemned thrashing about in pain.  From the news account, neither that nor anything similar happened.  This, of course, is all to the good, and not primarily because the abolitionist strategy was thwarted.  DeYoung earned his execution, but he was still a human being.


I don't think there's any serious scientific debate about whether pentobarbital, delivered in an adequate dose into the bloodstream, will produce unconsciousness.

I take your point about displaying autopsy photos etc. Visual displays bring home the horror of what some of these people do. The abolitionists never seem to want to acknowledge this. However, I suspect they won't pull the videotape stunt again. They don't want the facts known--they want uncertainty, so they can convince judges that this needs to be studied or that this is human experimentation.

DeYoung richly deserved his death sentence. Killing anyone for money is depraved--killing one's own flesh and blood is unnatural, which makes him one evil puppy. Not too many people whined about his death.

Under the rule of Lockett v. Ohio and its progeny, he was entitled to have considered in mitigation the fact that he is an orphan.

And to make him even more sympathetic, he doesn't have any siblings to share family memories.

I believe that Mr. DeYoung had a surviving brother (whom he attempted to kill).

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