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.
Martha Coakley missing in action
Where can AG be?
Friday, April 19, 2013 By: Howie Carr
Anybody here seen my old friend Marsha/ Can you tell me where shes gone?/ She let a lot of hacks go free/ But it seems the voters they get an-gry./ I just looked around and she was gone.
So where is Martha Coakley? After vanishing this week, they might have to put the attorney generals mug shot on a milk carton along with that of Andrea Cabral, the secretary of public safety.
Whenever theres an atrocity such as this weeks marathon bombing, as horrible as it turns out to be for the victims, it gives public officials a chance to dump bad news out at a time when no one will ever see it.
Marsha Coakley, come on down!
In case you missed it, and I have no doubt you did, Marshas minions went down in flames again this week, on Tuesday, the day after. They failed to win a conviction against John OBrien, the ex-hack commissioner of probation. She basically accused him of not only being a hack, but also engaging in open and gross hackerama.
OBrien was put in his six-figure job by ex-House Speaker Felon Finneran. They jogged together. That alone would be enough for me to send OBrien to the jug for the rest of his life. But I live in Norfolk, not Suffolk County.
However, the larger problem for Marsha is, the people seem to have rejected her attempt to criminalize hackerama. They apparently see it not as crime, but as a disease.
The theory is that some people just lack the genes necessary to work hard, and support themselves. Some people are just plain addicted to taking off Bunker Hill and Evacuation days.
If were not going to send potheads to jail for their worthlessness, why should hacks be punished any more severely?
First Marsha went after then-state Rep. Brian Wallace of South Boston. She basically accused the coatholder of using his campaign funds on himself.
The judge who by definition understands hackerama more than somewhat laughed the case out of court. Wallace ended up paying a $35,000 fine.
Next came Tim Cahill, the former treasurer and collector general. He, too, was accused of hackerama. The jury took one look at him the round face, the vacant expression, the vapid banter and deduced that, like Wallace, he had the hack gene. Not guilty!
And now Cahills pal John OBrien beats the rap.
No wonder Marsha Coakley has missed every press conference this week. But then, unlike Dan Conley and Steve Lynch, she doesnt need any face time at the FBI media availabilities. Shes going nowhere.
See you in the funny papers, Marsha.