Death row inmate Ernest Lee Johnson, scheduled for execution in the state of Missouri next week, has made an interesting last-minute appeal to save his life. Johnson claims that a small hole in his skull--the result of an operation to remove a tumor back in 2008--should disqualify him from his death sentence because of complications that might arise during the lethal injection procedure.
I find Johnson's argument specious at best, and here's why. First of all, readers of Last Suppers: Famous Final Meals from Death Row already know that anyone with the middle name Lee shouldn't be trusted to begin with. Second, if a hole in the head prevented people from meeting their obligations, then many politicians and a fair amount of reality TV show producers would be claiming the same privileges on a daily basis.
Incidentally, Johnson received his death sentence for a gruesome triple homicide during which the victims were beaten with a hammer, stabbed with a screwdriver, and shot.