Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Well-deserving of a ride on the bolt... my question is, why won't he get it?

A Houston man today faces the possibility of spending 25 years to life in prison with no chance at parole after being convicted of raping his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter shortly before her June 2009 death.
I know that the Supreme Court ruled a couple of years ago that child rapists can't be executed, but it seems pretty obvious that Lucas Coe caused the death of Emma Thompson with his actions. I'd be interested to know just why the "super aggravated sexual assault of a child" charge would come with a stricter sentence than, y'know, KILLING her -- especially considering the (de facto) torture aspect of it. Bruises, busted lip and fractured skull? You know that little girl had to be in extreme pain. We live in allegedly more civilized times than this, but I can't help but think of this line from an old Charlie Daniels song:

"As far as I'm concerned there ain't no excuse for the raping and the killing and the child abuse, but I've got a way to put an end to all that mess. You just take them rascals out in the swamp, put 'em on their knees and tie 'em to a stump, and let the rattlers and the bugs and the alligators do the rest."

Would that that were an option.