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Rain Man
02-14-2010, 07:39 PM
This guy can no longer harm anyone. :clap:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585848,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r3:c0.000000:b0:z5

Oldest Death Row Inmate in U.S. Dies at Age 94
Sunday, February 14, 2010


Print ShareThisFLORENCE, Ariz. The oldest death row inmate in the U.S. has died of natural causes at age 94.

An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman says Viva Leroy Nash died late Friday at the state's prison complex in Florence.

Nash was still on death row, but spokesman Barrett Marson said Sunday he did not know if Nash died in his cell or in a medical facility at the prison.

Nash was born in 1915 and had a criminal record dating to the 1930s.

He spent 25 years in prison for shooting a Connecticut police officer in 1947, and was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in Salt Lake City in 1977. But he escaped from a prison work crew in October 1982 and fatally shot a Phoenix coin shop sales clerk a month later.

He was sentenced to death for that crime.

cdcox
02-14-2010, 07:45 PM
I'm glad numismatics are finally being protected against hate crimes.

DJJasonp
02-14-2010, 07:56 PM
For some reason, the thread title made me chuckle...

Taking it literally....when the switch (or injection) is started...how often does the death penalty not work?? :)

Rain Man
02-14-2010, 08:05 PM
Now that I think about it, I like the irony of a guy named Viva getting the death sentence. I wonder if the judge was really tempted to sentence him to life, just so he could say, "Viva Viva!"

Though "Death to Viva!" also has a nice ring to it.

Frazod
02-14-2010, 08:06 PM
His poor appellate attorney. How on earth will the guy be able to afford that new dock for his lake house now?

Bearcat
02-14-2010, 08:08 PM
:facepalm:

4 strikes and, uh, he has to die eventually, right?

RJ
02-14-2010, 08:11 PM
His lawyer will probably file an appeal to have his death overturned.

Fish
02-14-2010, 08:15 PM
Pathetic. 2 lives could have been saved along with countless thousands of dollars by ending his ass in 47.

Rain Man
02-14-2010, 08:17 PM
His lawyer will probably file an appeal to have his death overturned.

In fairness, it appears that there were as many as three decades where he never shot anyone and wasn't in prison.

And now that I think of it, at least one of those was during prohibition, further proving the dangers of alcohol.

Duck Dog
02-14-2010, 08:33 PM
28 years on death row? WTF?

Amnorix
02-14-2010, 08:43 PM
This will trigger one of my favorite quirks in the law -- the need to file something with the Court informing them that your client is dead. And the name of the filing -- in this state at least, is a "Suggestion of Death".

Your honor, I suggest my client is dead.

Not statement of death, but suggestion of death. WTF?!?

Chaunceythe3rd
02-14-2010, 08:48 PM
Now that I think about it, I like the irony of a guy named Viva getting the death sentence. I wonder if the judge was really tempted to sentence him to life, just so he could say, "Viva Viva!"

Though "Death to Viva!" also has a nice ring to it.

With a name like that, the guy was destined to a life of crime.

KCbroncoHATER
02-14-2010, 08:57 PM
Clearly, this wasn't in Texas.

Rain Man
02-14-2010, 08:58 PM
This will trigger one of my favorite quirks in the law -- the need to file something with the Court informing them that your client is dead. And the name of the filing -- in this state at least, is a "Suggestion of Death".

Your honor, I suggest my client is dead.

Not statement of death, but suggestion of death. WTF?!?

That's a bit odd. I'm kind of picturing the courtroom starting and the judge asking where the defendant is as he points to an empty chair. And then the defense lawyer stands up and shrugs and says, "Maybe he's dead."

I wonder if it dates back to the Puritan days where a guy could disappear and then a year later word filters back that he died in a lantern accident or of the croup, but no one could prove it one way or the other.

Rain Man
02-14-2010, 09:17 PM
It's interesting to think about this guy's life.

He was born during World War I, so maybe his dad was in the army OVER THERE, and he didn't get a lot of attention.

Then the roaring 20s started, and as a kid in Gila Bend or Bullhead City he got into fights on the playground about whether Warren G. Harding was murdered. He got his first peek at a girl when he saw a flapper getting rear-ended in a rumble seat, and dreamed of getting his own Model A.

Then the depression hit. He was 14 years old, and suddenly Christmas was pretty bleak, and he had to quit school to try to find work. He considered the WPA, and wished we had a great Autobahn project to work on like they had in Germany.

One day he called FDR a stinking socialist, and got beat up in the soup line. He lost his jobs selling apples on the street, and got desperate. He broke into a house and went to jail.

For the next ten years, he was in and out of jail scrambling for a living. He got drafted as a 28 year-old when World War II started, and went to Europe, where he carried a gun with the 1st infantry division. He kissed a French dame when the war ended, came back, and realized that no one hired infantrymen.

But now he knew how to handle a gun, and within two years a cop caught him speeding in his 1939 Ford pickup, and he made a bad mistake. He shot the cop.

He got caught, went to prison, and sat out the H-bomb, Elvis, poodle skirts, Otto Graham's career, the rise of television, drive-ins, and the development of suburbs.

He was still in prison when Kennedy was shot, during Vietnam, color TV's appearance, during the Beatles era, the rise of drugs, Vince Lombardi's fame and death, and the appearance of soccer-style kickers.

He sat out another several years while Nixon resigned, the Steel Curtain reined, Elvis died, and the Arab oil embargo hit.

And then...he was free!

He hit the streets during the disco era, marveling at the shoes, the hair, the miniskirts, the cool cars like Pintos and Mavericks. He went to a bar and watched some team called the Cowboys beat some team called the Broncos.

And he had no job skills.

But he knew how to use a gun.

One shot, one kill, and he was back in prison while the Iran hostages were taken, the Reagan era began, and black quarterbacks started appearing in the NFL.

He escaped in 1982, and still knew how to use a gun. That was a mistake.

And since then, he's missed the end of the Cold War, the Clinton years, the rise of personal computing, the appearance of the Internet, 9/11, both Bushes, and pretty much everything else.

A life well lived, I guess.

Frazod
02-14-2010, 10:30 PM
28 years on death row? WTF?

Yeah, for somebody who should have been dragged out behind the courthouse and shot decades ago.

Our criminal justice system is a pathetic sick joke.

ClevelandBronco
02-14-2010, 10:35 PM
It's interesting to think about this guy's life.

He was born during World War I, so maybe his dad was in the army OVER THERE, and he didn't get a lot of attention.

Then the roaring 20s started, and as a kid in Gila Bend or Bullhead City he got into fights on the playground about whether Warren G. Harding was murdered. He got his first peek at a girl when he saw a flapper getting rear-ended in a rumble seat, and dreamed of getting his own Model A.

Then the depression hit. He was 14 years old, and suddenly Christmas was pretty bleak, and he had to quit school to try to find work. He considered the WPA, and wished we had a great Autobahn project to work on like they had in Germany.

One day he called FDR a stinking socialist, and got beat up in the soup line. He lost his jobs selling apples on the street, and got desperate. He broke into a house and went to jail.

For the next ten years, he was in and out of jail scrambling for a living. He got drafted as a 28 year-old when World War II started, and went to Europe, where he carried a gun with the 1st infantry division. He kissed a French dame when the war ended, came back, and realized that no one hired infantrymen.

But now he knew how to handle a gun, and within two years a cop caught him speeding in his 1939 Ford pickup, and he made a bad mistake. He shot the cop.

He got caught, went to prison, and sat out the H-bomb, Elvis, poodle skirts, Otto Graham's career, the rise of television, drive-ins, and the development of suburbs.

He was still in prison when Kennedy was shot, during Vietnam, color TV's appearance, during the Beatles era, the rise of drugs, Vince Lombardi's fame and death, and the appearance of soccer-style kickers.

He sat out another several years while Nixon resigned, the Steel Curtain reined, Elvis died, and the Arab oil embargo hit.

And then...he was free!

He hit the streets during the disco era, marveling at the shoes, the hair, the miniskirts, the cool cars like Pintos and Mavericks. He went to a bar and watched some team called the Cowboys beat some team called the Broncos.

And he had no job skills.

But he knew how to use a gun.

One shot, one kill, and he was back in prison while the Iran hostages were taken, the Reagan era began, and black quarterbacks started appearing in the NFL.

He escaped in 1982, and still knew how to use a gun. That was a mistake.

And since then, he's missed the end of the Cold War, the Clinton years, the rise of personal computing, the appearance of the Internet, 9/11, both Bushes, and pretty much everything else.

A life well lived, I guess.

He sounds like the anti-Forrest Gump. I think you may have a screenplay treatment on your hands.

If that turns out to be so, I recommend a thorough cleansing with Goop.