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Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Follow-Up on Happ Execution"

From  Kent Scheidegger at Crime & Consequences:

Tonya Alanez of the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) has this story on the execution of William Happ.

It took just 13 minutes to still the beating heart of a Lauderdale Lakes woman's killer by lethal injection Tuesday evening.

But in a jaw-dropping moment before he could say any more, the condemned man confessed, apologized and asked for forgiveness.

"For 27 years, the horrible murder of Angela Crowley has been clouded by circumstantial evidence and uncertainty," William Frederick Happ said. "For the sake of her family, loved ones and all concerned, it is to my agonizing shame that I must confess to this terrible crime."
Opponents of the death penalty say it does not allow for the possibility of redemption, but there is a kind of redemption in a killer confessing, apologizing, and taking his deserved punishment.  How often does a scene like this occur when the sentence is life without parole?

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well, then, I guess that makes it all right for the State to kill him.

Posted by: Marsha Taubenhaus | Oct 20, 2013 11:00:38 PM

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