Monday, July 13, 2020

Federal death sentence starts again at 4 PM

CBS News, 7/13/20; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly UPDATED

Daniel Lewis Lee, 1997 (Dan Pierce/AP)
Terre Haute, Indiana — The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is scheduled to [be executed by the federal government] by lethal injection at 4:00 pm on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana.

He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

The execution, the first of a federal death row inmate since 2003, comes after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction on Sunday.

It had been put in place last week after the victims' family argued they would be put at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend the execution. The family had vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court. More

Why would we approve if we don't kill?
We oppose killing, particularly by the government in our name. It is collective bad karma to call for or applaud such a thing, a form of which is remaining silent. Silence is consent. The first precept is to abstain from taking the lives of living beings, a part of which is abstaining from encouraging others to kill. If we encourage or approve of such a thing, we are complicit in that karma. Stand against killing, against murder, against revenge, against executions, which have been shown to not prevent killing. It only coarsens us like a police state. Very few countries do such things, all of them more brutal than we imagine ourselves, as we imprison, torment, and warehouse more citizens than any other place in the world. We can do better.

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