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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:42 PM

Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmate

Source: Associated Press


Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press
Updated 12:36 pm CST, Monday, December 2, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ó The state of Tennessee is preparing to execute a blind man this week.

Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday.

Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say heís since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma.

Hallís attorneys say he would be just the second blind person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.






Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Tennessee-prepares-to-execute-blind-death-row-14875904.php

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:55 PM

1. Of course, because blind people are violently destroying this country

This should be the billboard for ridding ourselves of the death penalty.

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:25 PM

2. I don't support the death penalty, but blindness isn't a mitigating factor.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:34 PM

7. Brooklynite, I am not sure I agree about not being a mitigating factor, but I will think about it.

I see it was due to post incarceration glaucoma onset, and I don't know what his crime was, but as the death penalty is currently a legal punishment, I understand even if I don't agree with it, it is the law until changed, etc. I would think that death punishment for a blind person would not be made priority? I know there are legal procedures for priority, timing, etc. I don't mean to imply there were breakdowns in that process, just that this process should be changed. I know you are busy, and don't need to reply, but like I said I will think it over.

Thanks for all your work on this site.

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:37 PM

3. It woulda been a matter of time before he'd break out & go on a murder spree across the US. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:18 PM

5. Yes, eminent danger

nm

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:07 PM

4. How Old Testament of them...

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:07 PM

16. We apparently have to kill people

to show that it is wrong to kill people.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 12:09 AM

17. I like your avatar, I have a sticker of that drawing on my car!

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 12:20 AM

18. Keep on truckin'

I had to think to remember what the avatar was. It doesnít show up on my phone which is where I usually cruise DU.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:27 PM

6. Empathy on parade

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:34 PM

8. Improperly Treated Glaucoma

This has to meet the criteria of "cruel and unusual" punishment in and of itself.

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Response to BirdandSquirrel (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:55 PM

11. I was wondering about that, too. Thanks for your post. Welcome to D.U. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:52 PM

9. How is his blindness relevant?

Is it somehow more barbaric to execute a man who is blind versus one who has kidney disease or cancer or who is in a wheelchair? Do we somehow feel better about an execution if the man being fried is healthy?

As for not being a danger to society, that's not the criteria for imprisonment. Our system is pretty open about being punitive -- your sentence is focused on "payment" for a crime already committed. The likelihood of committing a repeat offense would be relevant for a parole board hearing, perhaps, but if you're slated for death row, parole isn't an option.

I'm not a proponent of the death penalty myself, but I can think of many more rational and persuasive arguments against state-sponsored murder than "he's blind." That's some weird kind of pity ploy, not a debatable point.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:51 PM

10. Only a person who is seriously fucked in the head can support the absurd idea

that you must kill someone to demonstrate that killing is wrong.

Too bad our governor Jared Polis won't do the right thing and commute the sentences of the three people remaining on death row instead of continuing John Hickenlooper's morally weak "moratorium".


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:03 PM

12. Lee Hall was sentenced to death for the murder of his ex girlfriend, Traci Crozier.

He doused her in gasoline and lit her on fire.

He was 24, she was 22. They began dating in high school and had lived together for five years in a trailer until the month before her death, when she left him.

On the night of April 16, 1991, Hall attacked Crozier as she sat in her car. She suffered burns over 95 percent of her body and died a day later of what emergency-room doctors at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, called the worst injuries they'd ever seen.

Crozier's injuries were so severe that the majority of her body was covered in third-degree burns and her internal organs were damaged in the blaze, according to her autopsy.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2019/12/02/lee-hall-execution-victim-impact-statement-traci-crozier-staci-wooten/4261720002/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:12 PM

13. Would not executing him because he is blind be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:28 PM

14. The death penalty sucks

but his blindness has fuck all to do with it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:35 PM

15. It's doubtful anyone here thinks he needs coddling because he's blind.

It's probably safe to assume many U.S. Americans don't believe in state-sanctioned murder, in ANY situation and support serious prison sentences.

Some may recall in the "Good Book" of their youth, it was written, "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord."

Only a worthless trump would imagine himself more worthy of respect, even fear, than "The Lord."

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