Lunaya Pravda

12 April 2006

Where am I? The Pit of Despair

Texas Judge Orders Medication for Inmate

FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge who halted an execution because the inmate was mentally ill has agreed to force the man to take anti-psychotic medication so he can be put to death....

"The whole idea of holding somebody down and injecting them so that we can then say, with a straight face, this person is now competent so we can kill them, I think that smacks of an Orwellian-Soviet-style approach to criminal justice," Jack Strickland told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"The Prince and the Count always insist on everyone being healthy before they're broken."

Sorry, I just completed the abridged version of The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern a few days ago. But when I found this little tidbit, that line from the movie adaptation immediately sprung to mind.

When the Surpreme Court ruled against executing those who don't understand the consequences of their actions, I don't believe they meant "unless you can force them to understand."