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March 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

The death penalty

AP Photo/Washington State Penitentiary

This undated photo provided by the Washington State Penitentiary shows Cal Coburn Brown. Brown, was scheduled to be executed March 13, but the sentence was stayed by the state Supreme Court pending a court review of lethal injection.

A cruel and unusual delay

Editor, The Times:

Well, once again our illustrious Supremes have stepped in it. This time they have placed a temporary stay on the execution of a real piece of work, Cal Coburn Brown, who nearly 20 years ago kidnapped, raped, tortured and brutally murdered an innocent young woman and has been on death row ever since. [“Brown execution delayed,” Times, Local News, March 13.]

Hours before his scheduled date with the needle, the court stayed it until it can review this state’s method of execution, lethal injection, on the grounds that it may be cruel and unusual punishment.

Now I ask you, what could be more humane than simply going to sleep and not waking up? This is way more than this monster deserves, despite his pleas and supposed remorse over what he did.

Problem is, even if the court rules the method legal and correct, the new argument for keeping this piece of inhuman filth alive will be that to make him wait a few months more after a stay, then tell him we’re going to kill him anyway, would be “cruel and unusual.”

What about the victim’s and the family’s rights? What did the victim do to deserve her inhumane treatment at the hands of this worthless scumbag? A few minutes after hearing of this debacle, were told that the moron who shot eight people in Skagit County a while back is not competent to stand trial. Oh, great.

I fear our country has lost its collective mind!

— Scott Stoppelman, LaConner

Family denied closure

Once again, a family is denied closure and a murderer dodges justice courtesy of our foolish state Supreme Court. Cal Coburn Brown is as deserving of his punishment as a person could be, but the court is instead concerned he may suffer unduly through lethal injection, a challenge brought forth unsuccessfully by animals like him in the past.

All this for a man who abducted, raped and butchered an innocent young woman, leaving her body in the trunk of her own car.

Apparently, it’s not cruel or unusual if you happen to be the victim.

— Karl E. Woods, Tukwila

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