Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Hole Truth About Ernest Lee Johnson

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.