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Hang him high

Here in New Hampshire, we have the death penalty. It hasn't been carried out in almost 70 years, but it's still on the books. And currently we have one case where it's being pursued -- and I'd like to nominate a third scumbag.

Last week, Michael Woodbury of Windham, Maine apparently tried to rob the Army Barracks store in Conway, New Hampshire. (Disclosure: I was an occasional customer of the store's other location in Salem, New Hampshire, and have a leather jacket and a couple pairs of gloves (no, not military fatigue style, just warm and comfortable as hell) that I bought there.) During the robbery, he shot and killed not only the store's manager, but two customers. After a brief manhunt, he was caught.

Further, while being hauled into court, he was asked by reporters if he did it. (You've all seen that sort of thing.) With no coercing whatsoeer, he said "unfortunately, I did" -- greatly simplifying the prosecution.

The guy wanted money, so he robbed the store. He got interrupted by a couple of customers, so he did what he thought he had to -- he shot and killed all three.

(An odd fact about the case: the killer and the manager were both Maine residents, and the customers were two friends from Massachusetts. The only New Hampshire element to the story is purely geographical -- and that means that he will face trial in the only state of the three that has capital punishment.)

A great deal of taxpayers' money -- meaning my money -- is going to be spent bringing some small measure of justice to this vermin. I'm not happy about the total, especially in light of his freely-given confession, but I don't begrudge a single penny of it -- as long as he never breathes free air again.

And if he joins the race to be the first person executed in New Hampshire since 1939, all the better. Whether this scumbag or Michael "Stix" Addison, accused cop-killer, finishes the race first, the real winners are the people of New Hampshire.


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I hate to be the one to poi... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

I hate to be the one to point out that terms like "robber" and "murderer" are so 1930's, and against the best interests of society. Is it their fault that NH has no gun ban?

Some progressive States now recognize this blatant discrimination and afford felons the voting rights they deserve over, say, members of the military serving in Iraq.

That is the basis for the growing trend in MSM to use the term "non-contract borrower" to refer to events just such as this.

Those poor and unfortunate enough to be forced into this type of transaction are of course simply completing what is essentially the welfare payment that would have been made had Reagan not become President. Since only right-wing radicals would oppose this - they got what they deserve.

There clearly was no Miranda warning here, therefore all evidence will be tossed and the unfortunate soul rightfully returned to society with a payment or two charged to the press for interviews, movie and book rights.

Robert the Original<p... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

Robert the Original

I admit it: you got me. My spine straightened, my puplils dialated, and my adrenoline started pumping--until I got to the end of your second paragraph.

Very nice!

Sadly while I agree this gu... (Below threshold)
just me:

Sadly while I agree this guy should join the race, I am almost willing to bet he takes a plea deal and misses the race for a long stay in the NH prison system with an agreement to plead guilty.

Deserving? Yes.
Gonna happen? I bet it doesn't, I just don't see this actually going to trial.

Even worse, did you see the... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Even worse, did you see the photo of him at the Union-Leader's website this morning? The punk was about to be arraigned on three counts of capital murder, he's surrounded by guards, and he's smirking straight at the camera.

Burn him at the stake, and dump the ashes at sea.

Just spread a rumor that he... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Just spread a rumor that he's also a child molester and then stick him in with the general prison population. They'll take care of the problem.

In CA we have the death pen... (Below threshold)

In CA we have the death penalty. As if it matters. With 600+ on death row, we've only executed 13 murderers since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, all of those since 1992.That's less than one a year.

We need a death penalty express lane here in CA.

Of course, California being California, every single execution becomes a contested affair and the convicted person a cause celebre. We even had one, Mookie Williams, who was a Nobel Prize nominee. As if that means anything these days.

Should he be hanged or how ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Should he be hanged or how about OLD SPARKY or LEATHAL INJECTIONS aand screw the liberals who will be at the exicution lighting their stupid candles and protesting

"Here in New Hampshire, we ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

"Here in New Hampshire, we have the death penalty. It hasn't been carried out in almost 70 years, but it's still on the books. And currently we have one case where it's being pursued -- and I'd like to nominate a third scumbag."

"And if he joins the race to be the first person executed in New Hampshire since 1939, all the better. Whether this scumbag or Michael "Stix" Addison, accused cop-killer, finishes the race first, the real winners are the people of New Hampshire."
[emphasis mine]

Uh... I'm not a math major or anything, but you seem to be missing the second scumbag.




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