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Florida executes Askari Abdullah Muhammad
(Thomas Knight) for killing guard, couple

Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), by Tamara Lush

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Posted By:Hazymac, 1/8/2014 12:21:38 PM

STARKE - A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abducting and killing a Miami couple. Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the governor´s office said. The execution took place in the same prison where Muhammad killed corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980. "This is where my dad took his last breath," said the slain guard´s daughter, 47-year-old Carolyn Burke Thompson. She was among several family members who witnessed the

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Opponents of capital punishment have never adequately dealt with what the criminal justice system is supposed to do to protect prison guards and other inmates from being murdered by those doing life without parole for murder. As it stands now, in states without capital punishment, each subsequent murder on the inside by a convicted murderer is, in criminal parlance, a freebie. But not in Florida.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HPmatt, 1/8/2014 12:35:05 PM     (No. 9684363)

So it took 31 years for the Burke family and 39 years for the Gans family to finally see Justice. That is too long. I guess you could say it could have been worse - if these acts were done in CA it would never have happened.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/8/2014 12:44:21 PM     (No. 9684380)

FTA: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeals, but Justice Stephen Breyer said in a dissent he would have granted a stay to hear Muhammad´s claims that it may be unconstitutional to execute an inmate after such a long time on death row.

Shouldn´t Justice Breyer be more concerned that our so called justice system provides 35-40 years of appeals before execution rather than the killer of at least 4 innocents? If an innocent fetus only has 9 months before possible termination, why does a killer with multiple convictions have almost 4 decades to fight for survival?



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Reply 3 - Posted by: sternben, 1/8/2014 12:46:03 PM     (No. 9684382)

Better late than never.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tenncon231, 1/8/2014 12:47:45 PM     (No. 9684384)

Justice delayed is justice denied. Why does it take so long for death sentences to be executed?
One reason is the overabundance of lawyers who are making a living out of delays, appeals, and trying every thing in the book!
Unfortunately, since most criminals don´t have the funds to pay for their defense the cost of litigation, "warehousing" the convicted falls to the American taxpayer, of which 47% don´t pay federal taxes, so the burden falls on you and me!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 1/8/2014 12:53:14 PM     (No. 9684397)

AMF!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 1/8/2014 1:19:23 PM     (No. 9684436)

Breyer´s argument is absolutely specious. To do as he suggests would be to allow a murderer to unjustly benefit from his own actions to delay the execution.

I am not a attorney, but do believe it is a settle point of law that litigants are not to be allowed to benefit from their own misdeeds. E.g., To disallow arguments for clemency because he is an orphan from someone who has murdered his parents.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 1/8/2014 1:38:01 PM     (No. 9684456)

Breyer can be a dolt at times.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/8/2014 2:47:22 PM     (No. 9684592)

The taxpayers were stuck supporting this monster, and paying for all his appeals, for nearly forty years.

As #4 said, justice delayed is justice denied.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: schnapps, 1/8/2014 4:05:22 PM     (No. 9684741)

Everywhere Breyer looks he sees another penumbra.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/8/2014 6:23:14 PM     (No. 9684928)

It seems to me the blood of Richard Burke is on the hands of those who incur the lengthy delays. It had been six years since the original killings, and then he killed the guard. The guard might be alive today if Knight had been dealt with properly and promptly to begin with.


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