An inmate who is scheduled to get executed this month after he killed a man in 2004 over a dollar has attracted a lot of public attention with his strange final request.
The Request Is The Reason He Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Prison Staff
You will soon learn what the strange request was, and it will shock you.
Many countries have already done away with the death penalty, but some parts of the world still execute their most dangerous criminals.
Countries with the death penalty include China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and the United States of America.
The US Has Ben Carrying Out The Death Sentence For Centuries
The death penalty, also often called capital punishment, has existed in the US since 1608, which means it has been around for more than 400 years.
However, Not All States Have Capital Punishment
The issue of executing convicts has been highly controversial over the years. It has even become a taboo subject in some cases.
American States Are Abolishing The Death Penalty For Many Reasons
One of the main reasons states have abolished capital punishment include the fact that there is a possibility that an innocent person can get killed. Another issue making states do away with capital punishment is the fact that it can be used politically.
The death sentence has also proved that it can be used in a discriminatory manner.
For these reasons, institutions such as Amnesty have been trying for many decades to ensure that the death penalty is completely done away with. The organization has been trying to hold governments that still kill their citizens accountable by exposing them.
To Many, The Death Penalty Is Absolutely Barbaric
From a philosophical perspective, there is no justification for killing killers. After all, killing is an ironic way to prove that killing is wrong.
People With Mental And Physical Illnesses Have Also Been Executed Recently
There is a growing concern that people who clearly have mental and physical issues have also been executed in the past few years.
Obviously, cases such as this should have made it clear that capital punishment is very unconstitutional.
There Has Been Some Progress Against Executions
Virginia made the historical decision of being the first southern state to ever do away with capital punishment.
Otherwise, today, the death penalty is also no longer practiced in states like Washington, New York, Alaska, New Jersey, Delaware, and Massachusetts.
Such States Have Made Many People Very Happy
Of course, many people are hoping there will be a nationwide ban on the death penalty.
Virginia Became The Twenty-Third State To Abolish The Death Penalty
Many hope that other southern states will take a similar step and do away with capital punishment.
Death Row Inmates Have A Right For A Final Request
Before their execution, inmates get a final request. Obviously, not all requests are usually granted, but most are.
A Texas Death Row Inmate Had A Bizarre Final Request
The inmate is scheduled for execution this month, and in addition to suing prison officials, he was also making a strange final request.
People have had plenty to say about the bizarre demand.
John Henry Ramirez Is Suing Prison Officials Demanding They Meet His Final Request
Ramirez was formerly in the US Marines, and since 2009, he has been on death row in Texas. He is scheduled for execution on September 8.
Ramirez Murdered Pablo Castro
The court found Ramirez guilty of killing Pablo Castro by stabbing him 29 times with a serrated knife. The crime happened during a robbery in Corpus Christi.
Ramirez only managed to get $1.25 from the robbery, which took place in 2004.
In 2018, Ramirez Spoke To The Media About His Crime
In an interview with the media, Ramirez explained what had happened. He explained that he was driving around with his buddies, and they were taking drugs and drinking vodka on the night Castro Pablo ended up dead.
He admitted that he stabbed the man in the neck, and then he heard a "real aggressive gurgling sound." He immediately realized that he had gone too far after seeing the serious damage he had inflicted and how profusely Castro was bleeding.
After The Murder Ramirez Ran Away And Lived In Mexico For 4 Years
Ramirez fled to Mexico after the crime. However, he was arrested at the Texas-Mexico border and put on trial, with the conviction coming in 2009.
Ramirez Has Avoided His Execution Twice
In 2017, he missed his execution date as he was awaiting a new lawyer. Last year, in 2020, he again missed his execution date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It Looks Like He Will Miss His Execution Date Once More
This time, Ramirez is suing the prison officials, complaining that they did not meet his last request.
According to media reports, Ramirez made a request demanding that he be granted the request of having his pastor lay his hands on him as he died.
To protestants, laying hands on a person by a religious figure can result in a spiritual blessing.
In The Lawsuit, Ramirez Claims Being Denied This Final Request Violates His Rights
According to the case Ramirez has filed, being denied this bizarre request violates his first amendment rights.
However, Ramirez is still set to be executed on September 8th. Do you think Ramirez's request should be met?