August 2016 - Randy Halprin

Randy Halprin
 "We tend to see a person in the moment, not as the journey they travelled to get here."  Kat Lehmann

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August 10th, 2016

Another day of extreme heat. When the sun sets in the evening, the cell wall gets so hot! The sunsets are beautiful though, and I've noticed a strange phenomenon that I'm sure can be explained by bird watchers, but it is something I have never really paid attention to before...Right before the sun slips into the horizon, whole flocks of birds gather and land on the perimeter fence, facing the sun. They line up, and just as the sun dips out of view, they fly away...It's almost like they are watching it themselves. Pretty neat.

So today my mind is on some pending executions...Jeff Woods to be specific, because he has a law of parties case. They talked about him on the news the other day, and I strongly believe he'll get a stay. Now, people would argue that a person who participates in a robbery where someone was killed, should reasonably expect that something could go wrong and a death could occur; but this isn't even statistically backed up. The percentage rate of a shooting that leads to death in the course of a robbery is very, very low. In my case alone, the Uniform Crime Report compiled by the F.B.I., in the year 2000, stated that less than 25% of all robberies resulted in death. How can someone reasonably expect something to go wrong with those statistics? The truth is I doubt most people who take part in robberies, ever expects a death to occur. No more than when you get into your car and drive wherever you're headed to, only to find you've crashed and somebody died...Nobody sets out in their car and says, "Well, today I could get into a crash and die...or even kill somebody else. Better not drive anywhere today then!" Even though you have statistically more chance of killing someone in a car accident, than a robber has during the course of his crime...Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to make excuses...None of this makes robbery right, and those involved should be held accountable...But should all parties in the robbery be held equally accountable if a death occurs? Even if they had nothing to do with that death?

In Jeff Woods' case, the day the robbery happened, he didn't  even expect it to happen...And only when the actual killer threatened Jeff, did Jeff feel frightened into helping. So, how is it "justice" to execute him, when he didn't kill anyone? Jeff also has a documented history of mental problems...It's insane that we have a system that allows this! There are actual cases where the gun-man has avoided a death sentence while the non-shooter gets death. Again, how is this justice?


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