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Texas executes Yokamon Hearn with pentobarbitol

  1. source
    The US state of Texas has executed its first death row inmate with a single lethal injection of the sedative pentobarbital.

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    Yokamon Hearn, 33, was convicted for the carjacking and murder of a Dallas stockbroker in 1998.

    Hearn is the sixth inmate to be killed this year in Texas, but the first after the state stopped using a cocktail of three lethal drugs for executions.

    Death penalty opponents say inmates die more slowly by the single-drug method.

    Hearn previously appealed against his sentence, arguing his mental disabilities and inadequate legal advice early in his case meant he should be spared execution.

    Hearn did not show any unusual reactions to the drug, according to reports, and was pronounced dead 25 minutes after the pentobarbital was first administered.

    When asked if he wanted to make a final statement, he said: "I'd like to tell my family that I love y'all and I wish y'all well. I'm ready."

    Lethal cocktail
    Before Wednesday's execution, the three drugs used for court-ordered executions in Texas were: thiopental sodium, to sedate the prisoner; pancuronium bromide to paralyse them; and potassium chloride to stop the heart.
    Several states introduced the use of pentobarbital in the face of shortages of thiopental sodium, which was pulled off the market in 2010.

    The European Union banned European manufacturers from exporting that drug to the US to prevent it being used in executions. Pentobarbital is also covered by the EU ban.

    In Texas, the state chose to switch drugs after its supply of pancuronium bromide expired.

    Last year, Ohio became the first US state to use pentobarbital only for executions.
    Since then, three other states - Arizona, Washington and Idaho - have switched to a single injection of pentobarbital and a total of 11 executions have been carried out using the practice, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

    Separately, the state of Georgia announced on Tuesday that it would immediately switch to using a single injection of pentobarbital in court-ordered executions.

    Article on BBC News here - 19th July 2012

    Photo of Yokamon Hearn from: http://inzocongo.net/


  1. mickey_bee
    So he was sentenced to death for a crime committed at age 19? Fuck.

    Hate all this sanitisation of what's essentially a brutal practice. The death chamber's more reminiscent of an operating theatre than a place where people are killed. Just like the way in war these days they talk about surgical strikes and collateral damage. Makes it almost sound like you're not actually blowing shit up and killing people.

    There's no clean, civilised way of killing someone, it's an uncivilised act. At least be honest about it so people can't pretend it's civilised. Beheading someone isn't ok, but strapping them to a gurney for 25 minutes and pumping them full of poison is? Mental.

    Rant over....
  2. source
    I suppose thats where the life for a life debate comes into it and all the questions around his mental state, I'm sure every aspect of the case was examined in great detail or at least hope anyway.
    It does worry me that he was only 19 and thought of as an adult, I believe some states in the USA still use the dealth penalty for people aged 16 and 17? The arguement is that on average the human brain, in terms of making rational and good decisions does not mature until the age of around 25, ie choices that would effect their future.
    I would still know right from wrong though whether I was 19 or not.
  3. southern girl
    My Daddy works at the Georgia State Prison and has been present for atleast one execution that I know of. When I was younger I was always very against the death penalty; like source said, its like the life for a life debate and/or two wrongs dont make a right. Also because Im a Christian, I always thought that only God should have the right to take and give life.

    Since I have become a mother though, my feelings on the death penalty have changed. If anything happened to my daughter at all, I would want to inject the bastard myself. I think, ultimately, every parent feels that way though. But cases like this, the death penalty seems too extreme. The punishment does not fit the crime. Where as, the recent Colorado shooter- James Holmes- should receive the death penalty. Intent should have a lot of relevance when it comes to something like this. Mr Holmes went to that movie theater with the intent to kill as many men, women, and children as possible. He shot a 4mth old baby and a 6yr old little girl, miraculously the baby survived, but unfortunately 6yr old Veronica wasnt as lucky. Mr Hearn shouldnt have been strapped to the table, Mr Holmes should have.

    As much as Im proud of my heritage, America has some really fucked up area's of the justice systems. Like for instance, drug related crimes carry harsher sentences, such as a 8-10yr term for repeat possession charges, where as pedophiles, who often get probation or minimal prison sentences such as 1-3yrs. Its just ridiculous.

    When directly talking about murder, its just as fucked up. Kenneth Bianchi, one part of the duo The Hillside Stranglers, gets life in prison for killing for INTENTIONALLY raping and murdering 12 women while Yokamom Hearn gets the death penalty! Yes punish Mr Hearn, absolutely. He deserves to be in prison for a substantial amount of time, but he did not go out with the intent of murdering someone. Yes he did intentionally car-jack someone and obviously took a weapon knowing there was a chance someone could get hurt or killed. But that was not his intention. He did not stroll into a movie theater at midnight at The Dark Knight Rises premier dressed as the Joker with the intention of killing as many people as possible. In my opinion, the punishment MUST fit the crime when it comes to someone's life.

    I say all of this when I dont know all the details of Mr Hearn's case. So perhaps I shouldnt be commenting at all. I also just want to be clear that I do NOT condone his behavior. Its NOT acceptable. And he does deserve to be punished and should receive a substantial sentence for taking someone's life who had a family who loved them and who Im sure misses them to this day.

    Im just trying to illustrate the significant difference in deliberately murdering someone and killing someone accidentally while in progress of committing a violent crime.

    Im still not sure how I feel about it all obviously. I think there are some crimes that warrant the death penalty, but this definitely isnt one of them.

  4. Eesa
    Knowing that you're gonna have to spend the rest of your natural life in a Supermax Prison is a punishment worse then death IMO.
  5. source
    There are so many different opinions about the death penalty - and I guess intention does hold a lot of weight.
    James Holmes gave all those people the death sentence when he did what he did - I am having trouble commenting about what he did because I still can't believe it. All I can say is that the death penalty would be far too good for him in my opinion.
  6. Eesa

    I see on FOX News this morning that the local residents of where the shooting occured believe he should just be strung up by his neck until he dies ASAP without a trial as they know he did it so why waste tax payers money on him. The overall atitude was just kill him now & save us all a lot of court hearings & money. I've never heard such a ridiculous bundle of shit being spouted. Maybe the same locals should go & live in Chechnya or China where justice like that is dished out.
  7. source
    He's obviously guilty of this crime and the arguement for those people living in the area would be that he didn't give those people a fair trial before he gunned them down - so why should he have one?
    It will be waste of taxpayers money anyway because the trial will end up being a theatre stage for a show written by a madman with a sick head and nothing else, exactly like the trial of that guy in Norway.

    I would only support people living in prison on taxpayers money if it was a living hell - but unfortunately (for the UK anyway) prison for some is like a second home - they get everything they want and don't have to do much for it, living outside is sometimes harder.
  8. Eesa

    The rethoric i'm hearing with regards to the "Batman killer" from the locals is very similar to what was being shouted out loud towards Casey Anthony, & we all know what happened at the end of that case. Sometimes you have to take a whack in the wallet for justice to be carried out properly.

    Off topic; I've done over 16 adult years in English Prisons & i've never been lower than a Cat B Prisoner. It's far from being a second home, in fact it's a very depressing place to be but you learn to aclimatise to your situation & really have no option but to try & make the best of a bad situation.
  9. mickey_bee
    The trial of Anders Breivik is fantastic IMO. The Norwegian Prime Minister was right when he said 'we've won'. Despite the terrible crimes he committed, he didn't alter the Norwegian way of doing things one iota. He failed. After this trial the families will have closure, the matter will have been exhausted, and, most importantly as far as I'm concerned, Breivik's mental state will have been thoroughly assessed.

    Even with the guy in Colorado, you can't just say, in this case, we'll forget the trial, because we all know it was him and he's admitted it, and it was really, really nasty what he did. Not only does doing that set a dangerous precedent, and go against the very foundations of a modern justice system, but, perhaps more importantly, it means that the whole ins-and-outs of the case will not be placed under the glaring spotlight of a court case. And again, I'd expect a serious psychiatric evaluation of the man.

    In my opinion I find it very, very hard to see how someone who does something like the Colorado shooting spree could be sane. But that's another topic perhaps lol.

    In my opinion, the death penalty is much more revenge than justice. Like Southerngirl said, if someone did something to one of her kids, she'd want them dead. And I think if someone did something to one of my loved ones, I too would want them dead. But that in itself is an argument against the death penalty as a means of attaining justice, -because that's not justice- that's simply human nature. Justice should not be dictated by impassioned victims and their relatives, but by rational, sensible thought and reflection, looking at the whole picture in the cold, hard light of day.

    I reiterate, if someone did something nasty to a loved one, I would almost certainly want to lop their balls off. But just because I'd want to doesn't make it right, and certainly doesn't make it justice.
  10. source
    I think the Casey Anthony case and the one of James Holmes are a little different in the fact that she didn't kill her daughter infront of a load of people. But yes, I see where you are coming from which is why when the death penalty is handed down to someone the reasons need to be 'without a doubt'.

    Everyone deserves a fair trial, and yes, some countries do fail badly with that, but I can understand the feelings of those local people.
  11. Eesa
    I understand that feelings are running high in Colorado right now but mickey bee stated, we have to know the why's & when's of why anyone would carry out such acts. I remember not long back a similar shooting in Arizona (i think.?) where many were many shot dead & an Astronauts wife who was some kinda Politician was shot in the head & lived & he was found to be too mentally ill to stand trial. That's why everyone is entitled to a fair justice system.

    A few years back i read a book on The Colombine Killers. These kids were mocked & tormented daily because they weren't "cool" or good looking, they didn't excel at sports & were bullied all the time. In the end i almost felt kinda sorry for them & understood how they could implode as they did.

    EDIT; Unsure if I heard this right but i'm sure FOX News just reported that 1 of the casulties in the Colorado Cinema shooting was a 6 year old girl. Who in their right mind takes a 6 year old to a midnight film premier, that's fucking demented.
  12. Aminatrix
    This is precisely why victims are not allowed to determine sentences and/or be on jurys. Of course the victim will want to exact the most severe punishment. Now I know that not all victims demand blood for blood, but the majority of victims, will-- they are in the most pain, and have the most to 'gain' from greater suffering of the accused.

    If It were my loved one I'd want to pull the trigger myself, per se, but I wouldn't get the opportunity. To even joke about it on Fox "media" is absurd, way to start sewing the seeds of a devolved justice system.... so much for journalistic accuracy... i think someone gave journalism the DP long ago.

    Even for those that do understand and accept the death penalty, it isn't up to you to decide his fate, ultimately a judge + jury decide what happens to the accused,
  13. mickey_bee
    The victims may not determine the sentences in specific cases, but the death penalty itself is there because it has great public support, and the politicians won't touch anything that has such great popular approval.

    However, just because something's got a great deal of public support, does not mean it's right, or that people are supporting it for good, just, rational reasons, rather than impassioned, emotional reasons.
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