Carr: Death penalty the only justice for bomber
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 By: Howie Carr
Now do you think we need a death penalty here in Massachusetts?
I understand, its too late now to strap whoever committed this atrocity into Old Sparky. You cant pass laws ex post facto, unless theyre tax increases. But whenever the fiend or fiends are finally lugged, you know very well how the case will transpire.
The bomber will turn out to be indigent, like multimillionaire gangster Whitey Bulger. And the bombers public defender will hire psychologists, on our dime of course. They will unanimously claim that the bomber is a good boy, a very good boy.
And when hes finally convicted ... well, it could go any of a number of ways from there.
He could decide he needs a sex-change operation.
Or he could become a Wicca (male witch) and file a lawsuit to get the DOC or BOP to give him a rock, a large rock, to keep in his cell for religious ceremonies.
Eventually Dukakis-era weekend furloughs will be reinstated, and he will get one, which he will use to impregnate a prison groupie, after which he will petition the governor for a pardon and/or commutation on the grounds that its cruel and unusual punishment to separate him from his poor child.
All of the above has happened in the past. What makes you think it wont happen again?
Wouldnt it be easier just to ... put him down, whoever he is, like the rabid dog that he so palpably is?
For the record, the last execution in Massachusetts occurred on May 9, 1947, at the old Charlestown state prison. Phil Bellino and Edward Gerston were small-time thieves who murdered one of their fellow robbers because they were worried he wouldnt stand up.
The death penalty was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court, but then states were restored the right to reinstate it in the 1970s. In 1982 the Massachusetts electorate voted 54-35 percent to reinstate the death penalty. The Legislature fine-tuned it, but all for naught the SJC threw it out in 1984.
The closest weve come since then was in 1997, when the House killed a death-penalty bill on a tie 80-80 vote, after a squirrely state rep from Peabody changed his vote. The then-speaker, future felon Tom Finneran, was always opposed to anything other than three hots and a cot for his fellow crooks.
Professional courtesy, I guess.
One things for sure. Old Sparky definitely deters the murderers who are strapped into it from ever killing again. The recidivism rate for executed murderers: zero percent.