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Arizona executes killer who showed no remorse
Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | 4/25/2012 | David Schwartz

Posted on 04/25/2012 1:37:04 PM PDT by South40

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A defiant killer who asked for no mercy, shunned a clemency hearing and railed against immigrants at his sentencing was put to death by lethal injection in Arizona on Wednesday for kidnapping and killing a Hispanic college student in 1992, officials said.

Thomas Kemp, 63, was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. local time at the state prison in Florence, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix, a state official said. His last words were: "I regret nothing."

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KEYWORDS: crime

1 posted on 04/25/2012 1:37:12 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40
"I regret nothing."

Well... OK. Step to Hell, please.

2 posted on 04/25/2012 1:43:09 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: South40

Thomas Kemp, 63, was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m.—His last words were: “I regret nothing.”

And then at 10:08 a.m. and 5 seconds his next words were, “Holy SH!T”.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 1:45:24 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: South40

I’ve never understood why remorse is supposed to make a difference. When seeking release from prison, okay. Because in the old days it was a “penitentiary,” and you’re supposed to be penitent, and nowadays it’s all about rehabilitation, and regret is part of rehab. But for crimes that justify the death penalty, there’s no penitence, nor is there rehab. Because dead men can’t regret.

If the argument is that the deciding factor between going to prison or going to the grave is whether they’re sorry, I’m sorry, but that’s sorry. That should never, ever decide the issue, to my mind. Base the punishment on the crime, not how they feel afterwards.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 1:45:57 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: South40

Why does it matter if he regrets it? Why should his “feelings” matter? Punish him for what he did, not how he feels. ....

Libtards, they have child-like minds; but they never grow up.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 1:49:11 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: South40
The Texas Department of Corrections has lots of interesting stuff on their website...including the last statements of those executed there.It's surprising,to me at least,how many of them express remorse for their acts.Yes,some claim innocence to the very end but many do pretty much the opposite.

Good riddance to *this* punk.

6 posted on 04/25/2012 1:51:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: South40

Another piece of trash properly disposed of.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 1:55:47 PM PDT by ZULU (Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.)
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To: Tublecane
I think it is because we are looking for evidence that they are still human in some way.

Sadly a lot of them are simply demons in human form.

8 posted on 04/25/2012 1:56:31 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: South40

“Next!”


9 posted on 04/25/2012 1:58:18 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: South40
Kemp, who acted with an accomplice, was sentenced to death in 1993 for snatching Hector Soto Juarez from outside his Tucson apartment, taking him to a mine northwest of the city and forcing him to disrobe. Juarez was shot fatally in the head.

At his 1993 sentencing, Kemp said his only regret was not killing an accomplice and unleashed a tirade against Mexican immigrants and the legal system, saying his victim was "beneath my contempt."

"If more of them wound up dead, the rest of them would soon learn to stay in Mexico, where they belong," Kemp said at his sentencing, according to court documents. "I spit on the law and all those who serve it."

I have seen this sort of rhetoric more than once right here on FR.

10 posted on 04/25/2012 2:00:44 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dfwgator

“Next!”
I am with you, this guy was convicted a long time ago; put in the express lane and empty out death row. Then start advertising vacancy and the express lane!


11 posted on 04/25/2012 2:01:35 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: South40

I guess the race of the victim was important now that the perp was white. Note how AP and Reuters leave that part out in the reverse. Agitation by design.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 2:04:14 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“I think it is because we are looking for evidence that they are still human in some way.”

Who says it’s “human” to feel regret? Plenty of humans do evil things all the time without showing remorse. What’s so great about being “human,” anyway? it’s better than being a dog, yes. But there are billions of humans, and presumably any number of them are evil. I want to be better than merely human. I want to be a good human.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 2:15:49 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: South40

Sheeeesh. Leave it to journalists to look for remorse.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 2:26:27 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: South40

Why is it necessary to mention the victim was Hispanic?


15 posted on 04/25/2012 2:28:37 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Hodar

Hey, if he doesn’t have any regrets why should we
at putting him down. Some dogs NEED killing.

“Next!”

When I was ten, my father was getting in the farm jeep
and there was a dog in the back that wouldn’t move,
first he growled at my dad, then he bit him.
My father didn’t hesitate a second , he had a mattock
in his hand and he planted it right in the top of
that dogs head. I had to take him down to the low
grounds and dump him out but later my mom pitched
a fit so had to go back and cut off his head to take
to pathology.
That dog had it coming, he CROSSED THE LINE in the
social compact between dog and man, just like this
guy.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 2:36:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: manic4organic

Was he white hispanic or some other kind?


17 posted on 04/25/2012 2:36:52 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: South40

19 years to execute this worthless pos?
Last week a murderer in Florida was executed after nearly 30 years.
Too damn long. Should take about 18 months including appeals.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 2:38:54 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Joe Boucher

three weeks is plenty of time. justice delayed is justice denied.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 2:41:50 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: South40

His last words were: “I regret nothing.”

Last words here.
His first words at his next location were “Oh crap, I really screwed up!”


20 posted on 04/25/2012 2:43:35 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Joe Boucher
Kalifornians will vote in November to abolish the DP in their state. If the measure passes, filth like this and this will be allowed to live long lives on the taxpayers' dime.

No thanks.

21 posted on 04/25/2012 2:44:59 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: manic4organic
Why is it necessary to mention the victim was Hispanic?

Because that was the motive.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 2:46:09 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: South40

20 years to execute this scum! Incredible! For 20 years this bag of $hit was eating our food and breathing our air. Disgraceful.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 2:59:11 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Joe Boucher

If the laws were such that murderers were given a speedy trial and executed with 18 months then there would be a loss job security for all those directly or indirectly involved in the criminal justice system.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 3:02:14 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: South40

Even the 9th Circuit gave their blessing to have this dirtbag excised.

Next up, in May, is a rapist/murderer, one Samuel Lopez. Another individual who really, truly needs hanging.

“The victim was stabbed twenty-three times in the upper chest and three times in the abdomen. Her throat was cut. She was sexually assaulted... She had defensive wounds on her forearms. There were bruises on her body. The apartment was knocked asunder, evidencing a terrific struggle for life during which time the victim was obviously conscious.”

“The victim was a 59-year-old, 124-pound woman... [who] was gagged so she could not call for help. The victim was blindfolded at some point, and although she struggled, for all practical purposes this uneven match was over after the first serious wounds were inflicted on the victim.”


25 posted on 04/25/2012 3:34:41 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: South40

Remorse should not matter at all. We’re not all women here swayed by sobbing, tears and apologies.


26 posted on 04/25/2012 3:35:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

There’s a difference between people who say it and people who actually do it.

Personally I am pretty much in favor of anything that dissuades ANY illegal alien, from ANYWHERE, from entering the country illegally. They have no right to be here, untraceable.

Plenty of illegals murder American citizens every year. More than enough reason to use everything and anything to keep them from entering illegally.


27 posted on 04/25/2012 3:38:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: South40

what a loon


28 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:38 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: tet68

you did not have to tell that story and I recommend you refrain from repeating it to anyone if you want to preserve your dad’s facade as a decent human being.

Poor dog had probably been abused from someone equally as kind to dogs as your dad, and the dog’s fear was absolutely borne out by your dad’s crude reaction.

I know farm people view animals differently, but this story makes me think your dad was a dangerous man.


29 posted on 04/25/2012 4:20:07 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Lord a mercy, get a grip.
The dog bit him.
My father was as fine a man as you could ask to meet,
but he didn’t suffer insolence and the dog crossed
the line of social behaviour.
If it had been a man, he would have killed him
with no regrets as he did during the war.

Sorry you can’t deal with it.


30 posted on 04/25/2012 4:25:41 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

I have a grip

I know that serial killers start out with animals

I am not changing my opinion


31 posted on 04/25/2012 4:28:08 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

You’re sick.


32 posted on 04/25/2012 4:29:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

I posted something similar here, having been bitten by a dog twice when I was young how we destroyed the dogs because they could never be trusted again. I couldn’t beleive the uproar it caused here on FR. I tried to explain that HUMAN life is always superior to animal life but in many minds here, animal equal human. Surprised me.


33 posted on 04/25/2012 4:31:51 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.)
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To: yldstrk

My how the cultures as changed. Your view point is the odd one to me.....................

Gen 9:5 “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die.
Gen 9:6 If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in His own image.


34 posted on 04/25/2012 4:35:40 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

Thanks, I’m not going to get into a tizzy over this.


35 posted on 04/25/2012 4:37:47 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: South40

Why did it take 20 years???


36 posted on 04/25/2012 5:02:31 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ArrogantBustard
I have seen this sort of rhetoric more than once right here on FR.

Sadly, you are right...

37 posted on 04/25/2012 5:04:30 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: wac3rd
I guess the race of the victim was important now that the perp was white. Note how AP and Reuters leave that part out in the reverse. Agitation by design.

The article likely mentions the race of the victim because the race of the victim is what motivated the killer:

"If more of them wound up dead, the rest of them would soon learn to stay in Mexico, where they belong."

38 posted on 04/25/2012 5:19:43 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Gay State Conservative

One of the funniest of those last words was “string of profanities directed at staff”. There was also an idiot whose last words were “Go Cowboys.”


39 posted on 04/25/2012 8:04:28 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Secret Agent Man
There’s a difference ...

Yes, there is. The ones who do it, usually start by talking about it.

I am pretty much in favor of anything that dissuades

Empty and idle threats do not dissuade. You're treading on dangerous ground, Mr. Secret Agent Man. Be careful that you do not end up on a gurney in an Arizona prison.

40 posted on 04/25/2012 8:09:50 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

This very thread, even.


41 posted on 04/25/2012 8:10:54 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: PeterPrinciple; tet68; yldstrk

My kids would play pretty rough with our very gentle dog. However, I was always a bit on edge with it. And warned them if he ever bit one of them the dog would need to be put to sleep.

He never did. Although the time they put the pink Tutu on him I would have perhaps set aside the rule! ;)


42 posted on 04/25/2012 9:35:50 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: yldstrk; tet68
I have a grip

I know that serial killers start out with animals

I am not changing my opinion

You "have a grip" but call his dad a "dangerous man" and a potential "serial killer"?

And you think this defends your opinion?

In my opinion, you're a dangerous man. Because you demonstrate zero reference to the conditions of the situation under discussion, and go for maximum insult and inflammatory accusations. Clearly you're looking for a fight, and willing to debase yourself to get one. People like you, who throw respect and consideration in the dirt in order to fling garbage, are the very definition of dangerous people, because you're irrational, aggressive and defiant. But I will say one thing for you - I don't think you'd ever be a serial killer. Your style would be more to incite someone to be a serial killer, while you stayed in the shadows, directing.

FYI, his dad was right. Once that dog bit, he had to be killed. Your rage over that comes from your personal denial of adulthood, and your reliance on childish accusations of abuse against men for being men, rather than the metrosexual crap that fits your - what do you call it? - "comfort zone." You're a worm and you don't even know it.

43 posted on 04/25/2012 10:43:05 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: 21twelve

Putting him to sleep yes, slamming him in the head with a weapon immediately, no.

But at this point I am the “dangerous” one even though I have simply defended the defenseless.

Oh, byw, I am a mom.


44 posted on 04/26/2012 4:57:04 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Talisker

“personal denial of adulthood” lol

Are you some kind of “shrink” or “life coach” or “counselor”? sheesh the silliness


45 posted on 04/26/2012 5:00:32 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: tet68; yldstrk
No, I respectually submit that he/she is telling it as it is now. The imamtes are now running the asylum.

I can remember wnem, if a dog bit someone the dog was killed. If a dog killed chickens or sucked eggs, the dog was killed. But that was when we were uncivilized. When we became civilized, we kill unborn children and allow mad dogs and biting dogs along with dogs that kill livestock to be pampered and live in luxury.

46 posted on 04/26/2012 5:18:00 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

It’s the violent nature his dad whacked the poor dog with that I object to. Surely the dog didn’t bite his dad out of the blue. There are a lot of unanswered questions:

Was the dog owned by the dog’s life ender
Was the dog a stray
Did the dog (which was lying down in some vehicle) get up before he bit the person’s dad
Was the dog already injured and perhaps that is why the dog bit
Is it customary to whack a dog in the head to kill it in this person’s neck of the woods? Especially a lying down perhaps already injured dog
What was the dog doing in the vehicle? How did he get there? Did the dog’s life ender put him there? Why?
And so on


47 posted on 04/26/2012 5:24:09 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
I apologize then. I suppose what he should have done was hold out his other hand and say," Say, here, Old Chap, take a whack at this one also. And by all means, see how you like the taste of the child."

I would have done what tet68's dad did.

48 posted on 04/26/2012 5:47:41 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

Have you ever run out in the street to rescue a dog that has been hit by a car?
They are very scared, hurt and snappy.

The unanswered questions...........he said the dog was lying down in a jeep and “wouldn’t move” Well, guess what, an injured dog may not be able to move. How did he know the dog wouldn’t move, did he shout “move!” at it , kick it, had he put the dog there to drive it out to the middle of nowhere to dump it?
Get me some answers and then spout off. Oh and really? You would bash the dog in the head too? Really? wow. Wouldn’t want to get too close to you, bud


49 posted on 04/26/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I got a feeling that the feeling is at least mutual.


50 posted on 04/26/2012 8:27:03 AM PDT by sport
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