Lawyer misplaces compassion, finds an absurd platform

Leftist newspapers such as the Arizona Republic don’t only despise conservative candidates, elected office holders, voters and opinions; they use their flagging platform to promote their twisted agenda. A recent edition is a case in point.  A third of the editorial page was devoted to a commentary titled, “I watched a gas chamber execution. It still haunts me.”

The author protesting the death penalty is Tempe-based defense attorney Jim Belanger. In1982, his client Donald Eugene Harding was found guilty of the wanton 1980 murders of two businessmen, whose names are too irrelevant for Belanger to mention in his lengthy diatribe. Throughout the article, he refers to the homicidal perpetrator warmly as “Don.” What he focuses on is not the heinous criminality of Harding’s acts but what he refers to as “the indignity of being striped nearly naked, wearing a pair of white, diaper-like under shorts with an electric monitor attached to his chest.” Following the guilty verdict came the appeals, and Harding got a reprieve of another ten years before his 1992 execution. That’s more than his victims Robert Wise and Martin Concannon were accorded. In a separate murder, Harding also killed Allen Gage.

Not noted in Belanger’s account of the 10 minutes it took Harding to die, and how he “wanted to vomit as he wept” misplaced tears, is the fact that Harding spent his last moments cursing at then-Attorney General Grant Woods, another state execution witness and giving him the middle finger.  The final indignity comes from lawyer Belanger who inconceivably compares the death penalty to being “disturbingly like the one the Nazis deployed to murder millions in the Holocaust.”  Belanger is woefully lacking in historical knowledge, Hitler’s victims unlike Harding‘s, were blameless, rounded up and systematically slaughtered in extermination camps for the crime of adhering to their faith. There is no correlation.

Following Harding’s execution, Arizona moved to lethal injection for administering the death penalty.  This is the list of those executed by the state of Arizona since capital punishment resumed in 1976.

The Arizona Department of Corrections inmate database fills in the cavernous holes in Belanger’s tale, including numerous prior convictions and the depravity of Harding’s acts. Harding even had the opportunity to order a last meal. He chose “several fried eggs, several strips of bacon, toast, butter, honey and orange juice.”

That was far better treatment than his innocent victims Robert Wise, Martin Concannon and Allen Gage received. They were bound, gagged, beaten and shot in the head and chest at close range.

If you want unvarnished news, the local newspaper is not a reliable source.

5 Responses to Lawyer misplaces compassion, finds an absurd platform

  1. VINOAZ says:

    Lethal injection is an insult to victims who have been murdered in heinous ways. I guess the murder of victims doesn’t haunt the scum-bag. Now that Biden/Obama are importing 15-17 y/o gang members, watch for more brutal MS-13 atrocities.

  2. Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

    I plan to give my neighbor, who is a long-time subscriber to the daily Rag, a copy of your excellent editorial.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Thank you. Let us know how well it’s received.

      Thank you also, for the editing advice. We appreciate your keen eye and interest in keeping us looking good.

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    I’d guess that no rational person mourned Donald Harding’s death. Obviously that doesn’t included Jim Belanger. The Constitution guarantees every citizen a defense and the right to a fair trial. But ignoring the victims is disgusting.

  4. Braveheart says:

    Someone should inform lawyer Jim Belanger that capital punishment is biblical. Here are a few examples:

    Genesis 9:6 – Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

    Exodus 21:12 – He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

    Leviticus 24:17-22 – And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

    Matthew 26:52 – Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    The Ten Commandments make a distinction between “kill” and “murder”. In the Old Testament it says, “Thou shalt not murder.”