The State of California will actually carry out a lethal injection tonight. Governor Schwarzenegger denied a clemency request, so the state will execute Donald Beardslee for a double murder he committed in 1981 … while on parole for another murder he committed in Missouri. He’ll only be the eleventh death row inmate executed since California reinstituted the death penalty in 1978.
“I am not moved to mercy by the fact that Beardslee has been a model prisoner,” the governor said. “I expect no less.”
That’s as it should be. It appears that common sense is making a comeback in California, which is a good thing … since there are only 639 inmates left on Death Row.