Recently, a death row inmate who had trouble breathing was issued a special pillow so that when the system put him to death, he would be comfortable, as the Correct Views has shown. While Americans certainly want humanity honored even as the death sentence is carried out (lest the evils of Jack Ketch return to our modern world), what is done for some criminals who are to die anyhow is laughable.
Vernon Madison, 67, has been in prison for over thirty years in Alabama. He was found guilty of “killing Mobile police officer Julius Schulte,” AOL News confirms. He is to be put to death by a lethal injection, but this was halted “on Thursday after attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to spare the man’s life because he had several strokes” which make it impossible for him to recall the crimes. This failure to remember is all that is keeping him from facing justice.
That is because, according to U.S. law, it is illegal to conduct a capital execution if the culprit is not able to understand why he is being put to death. While this is probably a ploy by Madison’s legal team, so far it has kept him alive.
If he is put to death, he will be the second inmate put to rest by the state so far this year bu the U.S.
The man’s execution “was planned for 6 p.m. CST at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore,” yet one hour before it was to have taken place, it was stopped. One can imagine that the accused was sweating bullets all the way up until the stay, too. It was the U.S. Supreme Court which stopped the killing in order to look more closely at the details.
The murderer’s lawyers have said that since their client is legally blind, is unable to walk without some kind of help, and unable to remember the murder, he should be spared. This is sure to anger those who are going to remember that Madison did not offer any mercy to his victim when he was clear-headed.
“His mind and body are failing,” said his legal team. Still, if the court denies the appeal, the man could still be put to death later today.
The details of the killing show that during a domestic dispute, Madison snuck up behind officer Schulte and shot him after getting his belongings from the home where the altercation took place. It seems that he could have maybe made a clean break, but instead, chose to murder a man.
Courts have waffled back and forth on whether or not the memory loss is real or even prudent to the case. As all of this is being talked about, the family awaiting closure for the killing are sure to be very confused themselves.
This all shows that, while the U.S.A. needs to always remember to be humane, there are times when the need can be taken a bit too far.