POV: No Compassion for a Killer (4/2/13) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV: No Compassion for a Killer (4/2/13)

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No Compassion for a Killer (4/2/13)

If you were about to demolish a useless building, you wouldn't put any effort into repairing it first.

So why have Kentucky Corrections officials been trying to arrange for expensive hip replacement surgery for death row inmate Robert Foley – a man they intend to execute in the near future?

Look -- Foley was convicted of killing six people more than 20 years ago, and has long since exhausted all his appeals.  Why isn't he already dead?

Then, there's the fact that he's still considered an extremely dangerous prisoner. What hospital wants to assume that security risk nightmare?

And who do you suppose would have to pay for this $56,000 operation?  Since Foley doesn't have any money, I'll bet you already have that figured out.

I believe the state has no duty to make heroic medical attempts to save or improve the lives of anyone on death row – or sentenced to life imprisonment, for that matter.  But Foley's cold-blooded guilt should make this an easy call for even the most tender-hearted.

Foley's attorney says her client is in pain and at risk for a dangerous fall.  To which I say:  Who cares? He should have considered that before murdering six people.

There's a much simpler way than hip replacement to put a killer like Robert Foley out of his misery, and after twenty years, I'd say the time has come.

Call and tell us what you think.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.


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