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Oldest Death Row Inmate in U.S. Dies at Age 94

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  1. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Oldest Death Row Inmate in U.S. Dies at Age 94

    Sunday , February 14, 2010

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    FLORENCE, Ariz. —
    The oldest death row inmate in the U.S. has died of natural causes at age 94.

    An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman says Viva Leroy Nash died late Friday at the state's prison complex in Florence.

    Nash was still on death row, but spokesman Barrett Marson said Sunday he did not know if Nash died in his cell or in a medical facility at the prison.

    Nash was born in 1915 and had a criminal record dating to the 1930s.

    He spent 25 years in prison for shooting a Connecticut police officer in 1947, and was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in Salt Lake City in 1977. But he escaped from a prison work crew in October 1982 and fatally shot a Phoenix coin shop sales clerk a month later.

    He was sentenced to death for that crime.
     
  2. RioKid

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    Our justice system at its best.
     

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    If he had been strapped to a gurney, all the liberals would have been up in arms about how society was cruelly treating its feeble and elderly.
     
  4. AAshooter

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    Sounds like 60+ years too late.
     
  5. Annoyedgrunt

    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    Just go through the motions and give him the needle anyways...
     
  7. 8-Ball

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    We could have saved a lot of money starting in 1948.
     
  8. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Believer

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    So, do I have this right?:steamed:

    You kill several people and the state takes you under their wing and clothes,
    feeds and protects you. Even gives you medical care for free.

    You live your life without a care in the world because everything is taken care
    of for you.

    Then you die at the ripe old age of 94.

    What am I missing here?:steamed:
     
  9. PA86

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    Whether or not you're for the death penalty, that's a pretty rosy view of a life behind bars.
     
  10. AAshooter

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  11. 8-Ball

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    Not really. Ask the sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, etc. It's all a game. In prison, they're not losing. They might not exactly be winning, but they're not losing and they're not paying for what they've done.

    All prison is is the state/gov playing a wife. Doing dishes, cooking, laundry, etc. I've heard a lot of (incarcerated) people say that. They're safe and have no real world problems to deal with.
     
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    Heres a question for you. If you were hungry and homeless. Say your back was hurt but you had no insurance, medical, and couldn't work or could not find work you could do.
    Would you commit a crime on purpose to get caught, like rob a bank, just to get cared for the rest of your life?
    It has got to beat dying of exposure and hunger under a freezing bridge somewhere. Right? I don't know but have thought about it.
     
  13. JBnTX

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    I think that's the reason for a lot of crime in this country.

    There's no "real" punishment for crime.
    The worst they can do is stick a needle in you and you fall asleep.
    It's not like you'll ever suffer for your crimes.
     
  14. 8-Ball

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    I would have to say the worst they can do to you is what Mr Nash got. You're right, IMO, on the rest, though.
     
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    LOL- Today has been filled with AWESOME postings. Another good one. :rofl:
     
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    Seriously tho. Why does it take so long for death row inmates to get executed? :dunno:
     
  17. The Machinist

    The Machinist Please! Please! No more!

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    Apparently, the average length between sentence and execution is 12.75 years.

    Being a life and death decision and all, I'm ok with making sure all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed.

    That being said, the guy in this particular story must have had some sort of extenuating circumstances which delayed his execution way beyond the 12 year mark.
     
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    Your right it does beat living under a bridge but prison is definitely no life. I imagine some places are good but I certainly wouldn't want to be locked up pelican bay:shocked: That being said as a convicted felon in this country there is very little opportunity for decent work especially when everyone else is having a hard time to. It's no wonder there is such a high rate of reoffenders.
     
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    I graduated from High School in June of 1982, went into the Army in September, got married in 1988, and have a daughter that is going to graduate from high school this year.

    October 1982 was about 27 1/2 years ago.

    Why has he been on death row this long?