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A doomed inmate had Obama on his mind before his execution

From today's Clarion Ledger, based in Jackson, Miss.:

Before he died Wednesday evening, death row inmate Dale Leo Bishop apologized to his victim's family, thanked America and urged people to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Convicted murderer Dale Leo Bishop was put to death in Mississippi

The Clarion Ledger story on the execution went on to note that Bishop's last words included these:

"For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice."

Actually, Obama is not unalterably against capital punishment; he recently remarked: "I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes."

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee made that comment when, in a move that chagrined some of his more liberal supporters, he differed with a recent Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional to apply the death penalty to someone convicted of raping a child.

Bishop, 34, was a participant in the 1998 beating death, with a claw hammer, of an acquaintance. Another man, who delivered the fatal blows, was tried separately and sentenced to life in prison.

According to the Clarion Ledger story, Bishop became "only the eighth person put to death who did not directly kill his victim among the more than 1,100 executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 -- not including contract killings."

Bishop had asked for the death penalty at his 2000 trial, but later changed his mind and sought a reprieve.

-- Don Frederick

Photo credit: Jackson Clarion Ledger

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Finally and endorsement I can believe in. The next McCain ad should be this " Obama: endorsed by death row inmates everywhere."

what would be the verdict for the majority of members of congress, the senate, for presidents and ex presidents... were their laws to be applied to them?
for the american republic to reinstitute the constitution and for the people to regain their civil liberties, it is vital to restore integrity. to try to goad the people to give up even more liberties, in favor of despotic rule, giving to the tyrant the regular power to arbitrarily grant or take anyone's life, is certainly not a good approach. the issue asks instead for thorough discussion, and diligent decisions by lawmakers and courts, with respect to the constitution. as on most issues, it can be observed, that like mccain, obama will sneakily take both sides, then to claim whatever position seems most opportune at any given time. both obama and mccain are about to destroy america, and to eliminate its chance to restore the constitution. they both want the global tyranny of the 'new world order', to enslave all mankind. RON PAUL is the only candidate to represent the spirit of the constitution.

yeahhhh RON PAUL for prez he will take out the tax moneys that opress us americans we r inslaved by taxes and taxes make my live misrable !!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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