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South Dakota executes first inmate since 2007
CBS/AP ^ | October 16, 2012

Posted on 10/15/2012 11:37:25 PM PDT by South40

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007.

Eric Robert, 50, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls at 10:24 p.m. He is the first South Dakota inmate to die under the state's new single-drug lethal injection method, and only the 17th person to be executed in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877.

Robert had no expression on his face. Asked if he had a last statement, Robert said: "In the name of justice and liberty and mercy, I authorize and forgive Warden Douglas Weber to execute me for the crimes. It is done."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: ericrobert; execution

1 posted on 10/15/2012 11:37:33 PM PDT by South40
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2 posted on 10/15/2012 11:38:40 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40

Strange. I’m sure that hundreds have been murdered in SD since 2007 but it’s the guy that kills the guard that gets it?


3 posted on 10/16/2012 12:18:35 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: albie

Good point. I agree. Killers of cos, guards, or law enforcement personal of any kind should be moved to the front of the line.


4 posted on 10/16/2012 1:47:07 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40

I think Albie was wondering if the lives of government employees are worth more than the rest of us mere citizens... same question I have.

Correct me if I am wrong.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 1:56:45 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (South Carolinians need to start choosing a primary challenger to Nikki Haley NOW!!!!!!!)
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To: PalmettoMason

I don’t think that, all lives are equal. I just know a cop killer is treated like a celebrity in prison wherein a man or woman who kills a child is not.


6 posted on 10/16/2012 1:59:06 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40
... in the state's first execution since 2007.

I think South Dakota better get crackin'. That's unacceptable.

7 posted on 10/16/2012 2:05:02 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

I’m surprised SD executed Eric Robert. Per the article this was only the 17th person to be executed in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877. I know the population isn’t that high but 17 in 135 years seems a bit low.


8 posted on 10/16/2012 2:18:02 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Lancey Howard

SI SI SENOR HOWARD.....LET THE WORD GO FORTH LET THE MESSAGE BE SENT.....YOU TAKE A LIFE YOU FORFIET YOUR OWN....ROCKET SCIENCE THIS IS NOT....


9 posted on 10/16/2012 2:19:45 AM PDT by jimsin
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To: South40

That Roberts was executed so relatively quickly was not because he murdered a corrections officer, but simply that he pleaded guilty, waived a jury trial and did not make all the appeals that could have kept him alive for decades. The next person to be executed, Donald Moeller, has cheated justice for more than two decades. Moeller, who raped and murdered a 9 year old girl in 1990, had two complete jury trials the second with a change in venue after an appeals court found minor flaws in his first trial. He demanded and got DNA testing which conclusively confirmed he was the murderer and has filed appeal after appeal the latest being that the single drug used in executions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 2:40:01 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: South40

Personally I was hoping it was rhines or moeller that they put to death.

These two definitely deserve it


11 posted on 10/16/2012 2:42:17 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: South40

Personally I was hoping it was rhines or moeller that they put to death.

These two definitely deserve it


12 posted on 10/16/2012 2:42:24 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: South40

Slackers! - Rick Perry


13 posted on 10/16/2012 3:00:17 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

I have to give it to Texas, they take out their trash.


14 posted on 10/16/2012 3:12:47 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40; All

South Dakota has way less crime than most places.

Look at their entire state population...and compare it to metro areas of the US with similar population....and South Dakota does not get as many execution opportunities

Most states are trying to get away from executions...so So Dak getting back into the game is good anti-crime news


15 posted on 10/16/2012 3:17:38 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: PalmettoMason

I think Albie was wondering if the lives of government employees are worth more than the rest of us “

...precisely. No death penalties since 2007 then the guard puts them over the edge? What about rape and murder combined? That surely has happened in SD since 2007. Women and children first if anything.


16 posted on 10/16/2012 4:22:46 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: albie

No, please see post 10. SD is doing a second execution within a few weeks. SD has very few people on death row and the hurdles for these cases have been cleared. While it seems like there has been an uptick over the past decade, SD probably has fewer murders in a year than Chicago does on an average weekend. I will have to look at the statistics.


17 posted on 10/16/2012 5:30:08 AM PDT by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: SeminoleCounty
Most states are trying to get away from executions

Indeed they are. Subjects of the Peoples' Republik of Kalifornia like myself will be voting on Proposition 34 which seeks to abolish the DP here in Kalifornia. It has been voted on twice in the past (last time was 1978) and we voted to keep it by a margin of 71% to 29%. The political landscape has changed in the decades since so who knows how this one with turn out.

18 posted on 10/16/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: philled
SD probably has fewer murders in a year than Chicago does on an average weekend.

That's a fair statement.

SD has about 2.8 murders a year.

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/murder-rates-nationally-and-state#MRord

It also has a population of only 824,000.

By contrast, Obama's Chicago, with a population of 2,707,120, has on average 4.9 murders per weekend, with a median of five.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/June-2012/How-Many-Murders-Happen-on-Chicago-Weekends/

19 posted on 10/16/2012 11:56:23 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40

In CCW states, the possibility of being immediately sent to your afterlife by an armed victim does more to deter crime than the possibility of judicially-imposed death-penalty ever would.


20 posted on 10/16/2012 11:59:57 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: South40

SD has lower murder rates than Chicago but it has does have far more lead flying. Of course, it is out in the fields. SD’s very low population density is a good thing. More than 1.5 million pheasants were taken in last year’s season. Last year, more than 10% of SD residents bought licenses along with another 100,000 non-residents. Saturday is the season opener so there will literally be several million shots being fired over the next couple months by upland hunters. Not to mention deer, duck, goose, dove etc happening. Oh, about $10 and a week of processing time (plus a clear background) can get you a concealed carry permit...


21 posted on 10/16/2012 2:36:15 PM PDT by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: South40
That's the homicide rate. The numbers total tend to range between 10-30 a year. I bet 95% of those are domestics. Population 824,000.

East St Louis has over 25 homicides a year alone. Population 27,000.

22 posted on 10/16/2012 2:59:33 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Darren McCarty
That's the homicide rate.

And I was commenting about the homicide rate.

The numbers total tend to range between 10-30 a year.

What is your source for that?

23 posted on 10/16/2012 3:03:42 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40
Disaster Center

They have most, if not all states there. My state's rate is over double SD. Thank you Detroit (315 of the 567).

24 posted on 10/16/2012 3:14:49 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Darren McCarty
Cool link, thanks.

My state, the Peoples' Republik of Kalifonia, had 1,809 in 2010. Most were gang related, probably. Far less than what one would expect for a population of 37 million.

25 posted on 10/16/2012 4:19:58 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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