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Terri Winchell's murderer lives another day...
Patrick Hurley] 2/22/06
Morales, the man who raped and killed Terri Winchell, a seventeen
year-old girl in 1981 was supposed to be put to death early
Tuesday morning, February 21, just after midnight. He was not.
The man who used a hammer in smashing the young girl’s
head in twelve times and then stabbing her an additional four
times in the heart was AGAIN supposed to be lethally injected
later on that same Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Again, he was not.
His execution has now been stayed indefinitely. It may take
months to finalize justice for Terri Winchell, or, if someone
does not legally step in and exercise the power of common sense
when it comes to loopholes in the criminal justice system,
there may be no justice at all.
the state of California cannot figure out a way to HUMANELY
put this vicious murderer to death.
I am trying
to keep a straight face while I type this article. The only
thing that is preventing me from laughing out loud is the anger
that is burning inside of me. A teenage girl was left
stripped and mangled in a Lodi vineyard for her family to remember
as her last night on this earth and now her admitted killer is
sitting in his jail cell tonight smiling at his good fortune.
Patrick Hurley is an independent conservative thinker living
in Orange County, California. He has addressed over six million
people in 47 states nationwide and won three Emmy awards for
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Where is the humanity here?
a spokesman for San Quentin state prison made a statement on
Tuesday afternoon regarding the postponement, “We
are unable to have a licensed medical professional come forward
to inject the medication intravenously, causing the life to end,” he
said. The doctors, who supported the decision and whose identities
were not released also issued a statement, “Any such intervention
would be medically unethical. As a result we have withdrawn from
participation in this current process.” These statements
came after two anesthesiologists backed out because of ethical
concerns that they might have to advise the executioner if the
inmate woke up or appeared to suffer pain.
Yes, it would be
horrific if Michael Morales were to suffer any pain in the
slightest way. After the way he was so nurturing
and sensitive to Terri Winchell, we would not want him to experience
even a twinge of discomfort. According to the laws of our state,
we want a nurturing and calming execution; one in which the ruthless
killer will know that we understood his trepidation in the last
seconds of his pathetic life. According to the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, he is the one who needs to be coddled here.
If Terri Winchell had not selfishly died at the hands of this
PCP-laden monster that night, Michael would not have to unduly
suffer at the pin prick of a fatal needle. Poor baby. He came
so CLOSE to suffering…
Thank God a federal
judge stepped in with a Catch-22 that doomed the state of California
from avenging Terri’s murder. U.S.
District Judge Jeremy Fogel, (who by the way, was NOT in the
vineyard that night worrying about the suffering Ms. Winchell
was experiencing) gave the state its two options in finishing
off Michael Morales; bring in doctors to ensure that he was properly
anesthetized, or skip the usual paralyzing and heart-stopping
drugs and execute him with an overdose of a sedative. To the
DELIGHT of Mr. Morales’s lawyers, the prison authorities
chose the second option. The judge said fine….BUT….that
sedative must be administered in the execution chamber by a person
who is LICENSED BY THE STATE to inject medications intravenously.
Ballgame. Score one for the murderer. Ben Weston, one of the
lawyers representing Morales gleefully said, “The decision
to hold off the execution goes a long way towards demonstrating
the state doesn’t have its ducks in a row for humanely
killing a human being. They haven’t figured out how to
On that fateful night
in 1981, Michael Morales had his ducks in a row as he systematically
slaughtered Terri Winchell. No
one was there to evaluate his execution in, “humanely killing
a human being,” because, in the words of his attorney,
he HAD figured out how to do it. There was no smirking attorney
that night representing Terri Winchell. There was no judge listing
the rules by which Michael Morales could rape and murder her.
There was no anesthesiologist to deaden her pain as she died
slowly with every nerve ending screaming out to her brain that
this was a horrible way to die.
Justice was numbed
on Tuesday allowing injustice to once again triumph in favor
of the criminal over the victim. The truth is
that twenty-five years is too long for this girl’s murderer
to be allowed to live despite the fact that he has expressed
remorse over his heinous act of brutality. When told he was spared
once again because of this decision he smiled, nodded and said, “Thank
Somewhere Terri Winchell is watching all this and even though
she is undoubtedly in a heavenly place, I wonder if she is saying
the same thing to a justice system that stabbed her all over
again. Except this time, it was in the back. -one-
2006 Patrick Hurley