Posted by Curt on 17 December, 2007 at 6:30 pm. 46 comments already!

Now this is just wonderful.  The lefties have succeeded in saving the life of a man who raped and killed a seven year old.  They should all be so proud: 

The man who raped and killed 7-year-old Megan Kanka — the 1994 crime that
inspired “Megan’s Law” — is one of eight men whose sentences were commuted to
life in prison this week as part of New Jersey’s new ban on execution.

The Garden State on Monday became the first state in more than three decades
to abolish the death penalty after a commission ruled the punishment is
“inconsistent with evolving standards of decency.”

Gov. Jon Corzine the day before commuted the sentences of eight men sitting
on the state’s death row. They will now serve life in prison without parole,
according to the governor’s office.

Among the eight is Jesse Timmendequas, 46, who was sentenced to death in June
1997 for Megan’s murder.

Prosecutors said Timmendequas lured Megan to his home by saying he wanted to
show her a puppy. He then raped her, beat her and strangled her with a belt. A
day later, he led police to her body.

“Megan’s Law,” introduced after her death, requires that authorities notify
neighbors when a sex offender moves into an area. Timmendequas had twice been
convicted of sex crimes — on 5- and 7-year-olds — before he murdered Megan.

Now the Kanka family will receive no justice and this monster will be allowed to live out his days on the taxpayers dime for many years to come. That is if the Democrats (or a Republican like Huckabee) don’t allow him out someday, feeling sorry for him as he gets older and all.

How about these other families:

Marilyn Flax often visits her husband Irving’s graveside to tell him what they’ve missed together since he was kidnapped and murdered in 1989 by New Jersey death row inmate John Martini.

She also often contemplates Martini sitting in a Trenton prison where he gets daily recreation periods and can chat with other death row inmates.

“How can I ever forget the day that John Martini kidnapped and shot my husband three times in the back of the head?” Flax asked. “I will also never forget the last words my husband said, in a terrifying, piercing voice, ‘Give them the money. They are going to kill me.’ “

Flax recalled those words as she fumed over plans by New Jersey lawmakers to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison, without parole. The plan was approved by the Senate on Monday and the Assembly on Thursday and is scheduled to be signed into law Monday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a death penalty foe.

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Flax called the legislative process a “three-ring circus of half-truths, lies and illusions.

“The agenda was preset,” said Richard Kanka, whose 7-year-old daughter Megan was killed in 1994 by a released sex offender, prompting nationwide community notification laws. “The outcome was predictable.”

Sharon Hazard-Johnson, whose parents were killed in their Pleasantville home in 2001 by death row inmate Brian Wakefield, emphasized to lawmakers that nobody on New Jersey’s death row has been found to be innocent.

“That’s proof that the system works,” she said.

In the end this may not be that big of a deal since New Jersey, being a completely corrupt and wacky state, has allowed unlimited appeals and have not executed one scumbag since the 60’s.  So whats the point? 

But for those who pine away for these killers and tell us that life without parole is good enough, tell that to the families of Bryon Schletewitz, Josephine Rocha, and Douglas White.

Clarence Ray Allen, who is scheduled for execution at San Quentin
State Prison on Tuesday, is living proof that a convicted killer can
snuff out the lives of innocent people from behind bars. In 1977, Allen
began serving a life sentence for the murder of his son’s 17-year-old
girlfriend — her punishment for confessing to a victim robbed by the
Allen gang. Allen then concocted a scheme he thought would set him free
— file an appeal, kill the witnesses, then walk after a re-trial with
no witnesses to testify against him.

Toward that end, Allen provided fellow inmate Billy Ray Hamilton
with a list of eight names of witnesses before Hamilton was paroled. In
1980, Hamilton murdered Bryon Schletewitz, 27, an Allen witness, along
with two innocent teenagers (Josephine Rocha and Douglas White) who
worked at the Schletewitz family store, which the Allen gang had
robbed. Authorities later found the list of Allen witnesses and letters
Allen sent to a son about his plan.

Juries sentenced Allen and Hamilton to death, and issued life
sentences for two accomplices. “Given the nature of Allen’s crimes,”
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote in a ruling that
denied an Allen appeal, “sentencing him to another life term would
achieve none of the traditional purposes underlying punishment:
incapacitation, deterrence, retribution or rehabilitation.”

Somehow, I think the fact that these monsters get lwop instead of death won’t matter much to many victims  families.

UPDATE

This should make you feel more at ease about allowing the worst of the worst to stick around:

Two inmates escaped from a county jail, hiding the holes they made in the walls by putting up photos of bikini-clad women, officials said.

Authorities searched over the weekend for Jose Espinosa, who was awaiting sentencing for manslaughter, and Otis Blunt, who was facing robbery and other charges. They also launched a review of jail security.

The two got out of the Union County jail Saturday evening. The county prosecutor’s office said the two apparently removed cement blocks from two walls, squeezed through the openings, jumped to a rooftop below and then made it over a 25-foot-high fence. The section they escaped from was supposed to be the most secure area of the facility.

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