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Execution set for John Allen Muhammad

The Supreme Court Monday denied John Allen Muhammad's request to stay his execution, clearing the way for Virginia to put to death the man who terrorized the Washington region as the Beltway Sniper.

Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor objected to the court's haste, saying it "highlights once again the perversity of executing inmates before their appeals process have been fully concluded."

Stevens, writing for the three, said Virginia had short-circuited the process by scheduling Muhammad's execution for Tuesday night, earlier than the court would normally have reviewed his petition for the court to take his case. (read the article)

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By Jodi Westrick  |  November 9, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Executions have never been about justice. They have always been about vengenance. Muhammad, by his acts alone, proved he wasn't a civilized person and has no right to walk the streets again in his life time. Murdering him (execution) only adds another wrong to this tragedy. Murdering Mohammad won't bring back a single loved one. Murdering Mohammed won't deter future crimes like this taking place. All it will do is murder Mohammed so that people can say this worthless scumbag got his. That's vengenance and it should be below civilized people's concept of justice.

Posted by: boblund1 | November 9, 2009 2:39 PM

The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive. Valid appeals on valid grounds deserve review. Accepting appeals which are baseless is not injustice; it is only a waste of taxpayer resources which clogs the justice system.

Posted by: tharriso | November 9, 2009 2:48 PM

BOBLUND1, I remember a college soc professor making your exact point 30 years ago when I was in school. I agreed with him then. Over the years I came to understand that idealism is not reality.

Sure, this is punishment, plain and simple. Well deserved.

Posted by: sament | November 9, 2009 5:35 PM

Thomas Stewart Von Drashek Remember, Police Chief Moose from Baltimore, Believe John Mohammed Is Being railRoaded thru System To Cover Up chief Moose Involment in Killing spree as Enabler. Spoke with Chief Moose At Secuurity Computing sympossium in 2004 & has lines that leave Little doubt. Now Name IS Completely Forgotten, yet Baltimore Honorable Mayor went On trial today for Fraud & Perjury.

Posted by: ThomasStewart1 | November 9, 2009 6:23 PM

It is so strange why big tough murderers and tough guys whine about being put to death when they took no thought about taking the life or lives of their victims and the destruction of surviving families and friends. I am so thankful that GOD is the Righteous Judge and His judgments are right. GOD is Muhammad's Judge. Nevertheless he must pay for his crimes.

"Gal:6:7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

May God have mercy on Muhammad's soul. He turned an innocent child into a killing machine; and now he thinks he is being unjustly punished? God help me! That child will continue to pay for the hate filled acts and teachings of Muhammad long after Muhammad is dead. May GOD have mercy on us all.

Posted by: cntnulprze | November 9, 2009 9:02 PM

I'm generally against the death penalty for many reasons; too many mistaken identity cases, it's applied unevenly or poorly.

But what this guy did was so beyond the bounds of decency, the only argument you could make against his execution is that a painless death is *too good* for him.

That said, I view this guy the way you might view a rabid dog. It's a kindness and necessary to put him down. I believe what this person has done goes beyond what can be considered normal human behavior and thus this can't really be an execution. It's the exorcism of a malignancy.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 9, 2009 9:35 PM

This murdering scuzzball deserves a lot worse than a needle in the arm.

May his last meal be a pork chop.

Posted by: rcubedkc | November 9, 2009 10:00 PM

I have said it before on such occasions and I can only repeat it here. Its not an original saying of mine. I remember it from the wonderful day of Theodore (Ted) Bundy’s execution in Florida many years ago. It was a sign held up by one of the members of the public outside of the Florida prison where Bundy (like this creature, Mr. Muhammad) was put to death with far greater humanity and dignity than that which he gave to those many defenseless women he murdered. The sign being held up said:

“Tell him about Jesus. Then put him in the (electric) chair!”

Sadly Mr. Muhammad will not be fried in the electric chair; his death will be by lethal injection. So sad, he really should be publically burned at the stake.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | November 10, 2009 7:45 AM

We need to be very careful in times like this...when we set out to kill monsters, we must be careful not to become monsters ourselves.

Is it more monstrous to execute Mr. Muhammad, or is it more monstrous to lock him in a cage until he dies a natural death?

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | November 10, 2009 8:51 AM

There is no question about his guilt, and the fact that he murdered many and terrorized even more. What purpose is served by killing him? The same purpose that is served by killing vermin. What purpose would be served by keeping him alive? I have no idea.

Posted by: kamdog | November 10, 2009 8:57 AM

It is disturbing to note the degree to which Semitic ethos (calling for vengeance) has permeated many of these remarks.

Sad to say, these tribal cat calls reflect more the sad state of commentators than a discussion of the heinous crime this man did.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | November 10, 2009 9:02 AM

I voted no on the poll even though I am in favor of executing John Muhammad.

I still think due process is important and that is what the supreme court should have had the time to do.

In any case, I am not going to cry for this guy.

Posted by: trumeau | November 10, 2009 9:38 AM

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