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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:47 AM

What Death Row Inmates' Last Meals Say About Guilt or Innocence

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But a new study offers evidence that the last meal provides a last chance for a person who feels he or she has been unjustly condemned to show innocence.

Researchers Kevin M. Kniffin and Brian Wansink of Cornell University have looked at the last meals requested -- or rejected -- by 247 persons who were executed in the United States between 2002 and 2006 and found that those who maintained their innocence to the very end were far more likely to reject the meal than prisoners who had accepted their guilt.

"Those who denied guilt were 2.7 times as likely to decline a last meal than people who admitted guilt (29 percent versus 8 percent,)" they conclude in their study, published in the journal Laws.

Prisoners who were "at peace" with their sentence, as the researchers put it, asked for 34 percent more calories than those who insisted they were innocent, and the "innocents" asked for "significantly fewer brand-name food items."

The researchers see the declination of a last meal as an opportunity for a prisoner who thinks the conviction was wrong to tell the executioner to, well, shove it.

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Reply What Death Row Inmates' Last Meals Say About Guilt or Innocence (Original post)
Capt. Obvious Feb 11 OP
ck4829 Feb 11 #1
Capt. Obvious Feb 11 #3
Scuba Feb 11 #2
giftedgirl77 Feb 11 #4
pipi_k Feb 11 #5
Orrex Feb 11 #6
UncleMuscles Feb 11 #7
ChisolmTrailDem Feb 11 #9
Scuba Feb 11 #10
arely staircase Feb 11 #8
Ikonoklast Feb 11 #11

Response to Capt. Obvious (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:51 AM

1. Anecdotally, one of the guys who murdered James Byrd (And was proud of it)...

He ordered a last meal that was as big as possible, he wasted everyone's time and he did not even touch it, and in the end he caused a rule change that said Texas prisons could no longer give out last meals.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:00 AM

3. Lawrence Russell Brewer

He's covered in the link article

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:51 AM

2. Maybe it's just me, but imminent death would spoil my appetite.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:36 AM

4. I concur...

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 09:39 AM

5. Same

here.

I have a sensitive stomach that's upset by relatively minor things, never mind something like imminent execution.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 10:15 AM

6. There's a joke about that

A prisoner requested a last meal exlusively of mushrooms because he'd always been afraid to eat them.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 10:17 AM

7. I would eat a ton of food

 

so whoever had to do cleanup had plenty of excrement or vomit to deal with.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 10:48 AM

9. While that may be the case for you or me, the premise of the study remains interesting....

That the rejection of a last meal is common for those who maintain their innocence is very interesting and could mean that there are innocent people being executed.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 10:49 AM

10. Gee, ya think?

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 10:36 AM

8. who could eat?

either guilty or innocent I don't think I would have an appetite.

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 11:29 AM

11. I would order the Neverending Soup And Salad Bowl from Olive Garden.

They'd never be able to do me in until I was finished, and since it's neverending, Ha! Game, set and match!










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