One Final Request

With every choice we make in life comes the consequences of our actions.  For murder, one can expect life in prison or the death penalty.  There is no reason to murder another human being, but as we all know, it happens every day, unfortunately.

The death penalty was reinstated in 1976.  Eight prisoners on death row were set to die in April of 2017 in Arkansas over 11 days, but only five were executed that month.

The last person was executed in 2005 prior, and this would be the state’s largest number of executions recorded in one month had all eight been executed.  One of the five prisoners would have an odd request for his last meal and would be remembered by many who believe in God.

A prisoner set to die can decide what their last meal is before they are executed.  Ledell Lee was given the choice, and he declined his last meal.  He had another request which would be his last choice on this earth.

It would also be a nationwide story to last a lifetime after he was gone.  Lee chose to receive the body of Christ, Holy Communion.  He wanted nothing more than God in the end.

This decision baffles many who do not believe or understand, mostly the Left.  No one can take away God, not even from a prisoner.  This country was founded on faith and freedom to believe and worship as we so choose.  We do not appreciate being mocked or having another’s beliefs put over ours.

Muslims, Atheist and other religions are no more important than ours.  They have the same right to believe or not to believe as we do.  We can respect their beliefs, but when it comes to Christianity, the Left wants to take it away because it “offends” people.

What people?  They do not think that we are “offended when our rights are taken away?”  We are not only offended, but we are angry that our rights get overlooked and taken away by someone who gets “offended,” and it does not matter who is right or who is wrong.

Lee’s execution, along with the other four, was not in the hands of the state but went all the way to the Supreme Court.  The liquid used to execute the inmates was only good for so many days, and the Supreme Court ruled out one of the ingredients used in the lethal injection which was no longer legal to use since the last execution in 2005.

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court hurried along with the five executions before the lethal cocktail would expire.  As for the three other executions, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a temporary stay of executions.

Lee was the first one of five to die by lethal injection in April 2017.  The Left made this a story of how the Supreme Court intervened in the executions and how the fight went back and forth over the ingredients and the time frame of the lethal cocktail.

Though many believe different sides of Capitol punishment, both have valid points.  Killing someone who killed does not make Capitol punishment right.  As the old saying goes, “Two wrongs don’t make it right.”

The other side is a valid point as well.  We should not have to use our tax dollars and prison space to keep these people on death row for years.  Some of these people live better than some of us do by having everything for free.  Many people feel that is not fair either.

Some of the Supreme Court justices were alarmed by how fast Arkansas was pushing for the executions before the expiration date.  Justice Stephen Breyer stated, “Apparently the reason the state decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the ‘use by’ date of the state’s execution drug is about to expire.  In my view, that factor, when considered as a determining factor separating those who live from those who die, is close to random.”

With the Left corrupting every media story, Lee’s story made national headlines.  In 1993, he killed his neighbor, Debra Reese with a tire tool her husband gave to her for self-defense.  She was struck 36 times before dying.

He had also stolen $300 from Reese, which he spent some of it.  Lee was found and arrested an hour after the killing.  His actions went punished as planned, but only one good thing came out of it.  He made the right choice in the end.