Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Glen Ocha - Florida

I had a small hope that Florida wouldn't execute Glen Ocha. That hope was extinguished along with Glen Ocha early yesterday evening. Apparently, Governor Bush thought of postponing the execution out of respect for Pope John Paul II (who would have opposed the execution both because he opposed capital punishment and because he opposed suicide), but he did not state whether he ever considered a commutation. To clarify, Bush THOUGHT of postponing the execution out of respect for the Pope. I guess his respect for the pope wasn't all that strong after all...

Glen Ocha died shortly after 6:00 yesterday. He made an apology before receiving the lethal chemicals. Ocha was 47 at the time of his death. He had dropped all appeals and fired his lawyers. Ocha believed his punishment was just and asked to die. The State gave him his wish. Florida never seems to deny an inmate the right to suicide by governor.

Glen Ocha Executed For 1999 Murder

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