May 9, 2007

A pizza for the homeless

A convicted murderer in Tennessee is requesting that prison officials deliver a pizza to a homeless man in lieu of his last meal. State officals are refusing on the absurd grounds that it would be a burden on taxpayers (because, you know, getting a pizza delivered to a homeless shelter would cost millions of dollars).

It doesn't stop there, though. The convict's original trial was apparently tainted by a lying witness and questionable ballistics evidence. His lawyer is saying the 1981 shooting of a Memphis police officer may have been a friendly fire incident, presumably from another cop at the scene.

And that's not all: Tennessee can't even prove to the higher courts that its procedure for lethal injections doesn' constitute cruel and unusual punishment. What a disgraceful story.

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