Bush the merciful

Posted in Bush, capital punishment, Death penalty, Law, Legal by Deputy city editor on July 3, 2007

Karla Tucker – Bush sneered at the request to show mercy

George Bush has not commuted a single one of the 155 death sentences for which he has been responsible as governor of Texas and president of the United States. Not that he is without mercy. Scooter Libby, a political crony of the vice president convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to prison, will not spend a day in jail, thanks to Bush’s intervention.

Bush smirked as he sent Karla Tucker, the cutest of his victims, to the lethal injection chamber, accounting for nothing the horrendous circumstances of her life and what seemed subsequently to be genuine remorse for her actions. Crowds outside the prison cheered as Karla Tucker was killed. Karla Tucker was of course merely a former drug addict and prostitute who used to hang out with the Allman Brothers band, whereas Libby was a graduate of Andover Academy and Yale.

An excellent contribution here from Antigram.


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  1. The Scoot Man « The Alablawg said, on July 3, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    […] stingiest president of the last hundred years. I’m sure he’s denied hundreds of cases with much more compelling facts than Scooter’s. And in Scooter’s case W did not even follow his own procedures for clemency requests. […]

  2. PatHMV said, on July 3, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Of course, unlike Karla Tucker, Scooter Libby didn’t hack anybody to death with an axe. I see that you link to Karla Tucker’s wikipedia page. Can you point me to the wikipedia page for Jerry Dean? How about for Deborah Thornton. Karla Tucker is a victim of the choices she made in life, just as Jerry Dean and Deborah Thornton were victims of the choices Karla Tucker made in life. That might have made just a little bit more difference in the decision then the biographical backgrounds of the two individuals.

  3. Jonathan Miller said, on July 4, 2007 at 6:40 am

    I feel very sorry for you PatHMV. I cannot know what motivates your urge for mortal vengence but I have my suspicions. Anyway, I am not going to enter into a dialog with you. I print your comment as an example of the unbridled stupidity that continues to hold a large proportion of Americans in thrall. I lack the patience to engage with you and explain the errors of your ways. I shall devote my energies to showing some solidarity with those of your fellow Americans who struggle to end executions which are ultimately arbitrary, political and unavailing, not to say shameful for people such as yourself, who demand this punishment. The savage character of American crimninal justice needs to be challenged, not just the death penalty. People calling for other people to be killed are not welcome here.

  4. Ole Mizz. said, on July 6, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    But surely Mr. Miller, you can allow those of a differing opinion to express them here without telling them their thoughts are without meaning, and are unwelcome to express them on these pages? When PatHMV writes that there are no pages in Wikipedia about Jerry Dean or Deborah Thornton, why would you become upset with this fact? Your own words make you sound pompous and intolerant, and I feel confident that that is not your intention here.

  5. Jonathan Miller said, on July 6, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    But of course I can tell them exactly that. PatHMV can blog away and write whatever drivel he likes. But not here. My intentions are not always easy to divine.

  6. Daniel said, on July 6, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    “Jerry Dean and Deborah Thornton were victims of the choices Karla Tucker made in life.”

    And five or six hundred thousand Iraqi civilians have been the victims of the choices Dick Cheney and his crony Scooter Libby have made in government. Not only do these dead Iraqis have no wikipedia page; the US military doesn’t even bother to count them – in direct contravention of international conventions governing the legal responsibilities of occupying powers.

    So spare us your empty moralisms. You don’t give a damn about the dead.

  7. julie owesn said, on March 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Thank you Jonathan Miller well put

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