Delayed execution is main injustice

Thursday, March 12, 2009

If anyone deserves to be executed for a crime, it's Cal Coburn Brown.

Brown was convicted of the brutal kidnapping, torture, rape and killing of Ogallala native, Holly Washa, 22, in Seattle in May 1991.

Brown, 50, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, is likely to be the first execution in the state of Washington since 2001.

Under the system used to execute him -- probably the same one that will be adopted in Nebraska -- a first drug causes the prisoner to lose consciousness, preventing pain; a second drug causes muscle paralysis so the prisoner stops breathing and a third drug stops the heart.

Browns attorneys have argued that the lethal cocktail may amount to cruel and unusual punishment, because there's no way to know whether he experiences pain in the process.

They also argue that a doctor or nurse anesthiologist should administer the drugs, rather than the "medical professional" who will do so Friday.

That argument hasn't found favor with a court yet, so it's up to Washington's governor and supreme court to save Brown's life.

We'll forgive his victim's survivors for not feeling sympathy for Brown.

Motioning to Washa that she had a flat tire, Brown carjacked her at knife point, and forced her to write checks to him, which he attempted to cash.

He then took her to a hotel, raped and tortured her, slashed and stabbed her and left her body in the trunk of her car. Holly suffered for a terrible, horrifying 36 hours.

Brown wasn't caught until he later repeated his actions on another woman in California, but she lived and was able to call police.

Attorneys are right in contending there is injustice in the case, but not in the way they say. The real injustice is that the execution wasn't carried out 18 years ago.

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  • I guess I dont understand why anybody is concerned about whether or not this man experiences pain during the execution. And why has so many years of tax payer money been wasted to carry this thing out?

    As I have stated in some of my other entries, I worked for the DOC in Nebraska before, I have even worked death row. I have seen tax payer money wasted over and over again. I dont have a problem with the electric chair(sparky), I dont think Nebraska should change the method of execution. These people were obviously not concerned with the suffering of thier victims, or the surviving family, why should we care about whether the execution hurts a little or not? I think they should have caught a bullet in the back of the head on the way out of the court room.

    All of you people that are in favor of wasting money to make the execution painless, or wasting money to house these people for the rest of thier lives can pay the bill with your taxes. I would rather educate kids, or make our roads a little safer to travel.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 2:03 PM
  • i agree with seentoomuch..why in the world do we mollycoddle people who murder/maim/torture etc and especially those who do things to our children?? actually i liked the way the people of Iraq got rid of saddam hussein..hang the B......s perhaps their heads will pop off as the floor is released...an eye for an eye

    -- Posted by misty on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 9:15 PM
  • One wonders what creatures like seentoomuch have seentoomuch of.I'm guessing it's not christianity, although I'd bet dollars to pastries seen would call itself christian.We could obviously stand to educate some people further including mentions of things like the rule of law and being a nation of laws not of men.

    -- Posted by davis_x_machina on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 10:47 AM
  • Are you kidding me!? What seentomuch of has seen to much of is the murderous animals that sit on death row and and whine if they dont get there ice cream on sunday, or that the cable channels are coming in too fuzzy, or that thier cell is to warm or too cold. I have read thier files, I have had a look at information that most people dont know, I have seen the victim, and overheard the inmates talking about thier crimes and laughing. I have also heard them laugh about what a push over the Nebraska legal system is. I watched the state of Nebraska give a death row inmate a triple by-pass at the tax payers expense. And NO, I do not call myself a chistian. Alot of people that do are just kidding themselves anyway, they are good at talking the talk, and lousy at walking the walk. But I guess its ok as long as you ask for forgiveness.

    davis_X_machina why dont you go educate every body on why its a good idea to keep a convicted killer on death row for 20years at about40k a year in wasted tax payer dollars per inmate. I would rather flip the switch on old sparky and walk away.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 3:33 PM
  • I am a former Nebraskan living in Washington state now and be assured that the people of this state are all severly disappointed that the execution was cancelled!! Our sympathy goes out to the victims family.

    -- Posted by kenaicouple on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 8:02 PM
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