The Strange Case Of Eye-Plucker Andre Thomas

Grits for Breakfast posts a thought-provoking discussion on the Texas death-row inmate who plucked out his eye and ate it (it was his second plucking).  The question is not only what we do with such deranged people, but more importantly, what can we do to prevent their derangement from hurting other people. Texas under Rick Perry has elected to save money by letting them out on the streets.

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2 responses to “The Strange Case Of Eye-Plucker Andre Thomas”

  1. For Real says:

    I’m a big fan of the death penalty myself… If you are not a productive member of society, what’s the point of me using my tax dollars to keep you around?! What happened to insane asylums? Don’t we have those anymore??

  2. No, we no longer have insane asylums, we have replaced those with prisons. BTW, what’s the point of keeping your child around, they are not a productive member of society? I would guess you would say that your child has the potential to be productive. So do people with mental illnesses.

    I, myself, am not an opponent of the death penalty in theory. Were you aware that it costs on average around $5 million dollars to execute someone. Andre Thomas will be more due to all the experts required. If taxpayers paid for Mr. Thomas to live for 70 years in a group home, including meds, treatment, clothing – all the necessary items for people to live, that bill would be $1.7 million at most. You’re argument is based upon ignorance, and unfortunately, so are most voters. I’m not angered by your opinion, just angered by your choice to be ignorant. You have the ability to post an opinion on the internet, but not the desire to look up the facts prior to posting.

    Again, we taxpayers will probably use the Andre Thomas tragedy as an opportunity to blame him and his family for not doing something, but the truth is, they are the victims, all of them. We are in part responsible for the tragedy. We need to fund treatment – and make it easier on judges to make treatment mandatory. We have done a good job cutting the costs but we haven’t tightened the reins on the ultra liberalists who believe that personal freedom is more important than public safety, who believe in the right to be psychotic even if they aren’t competent to make that choice. What do you believe in? Tell your legislator.
    – stircrazyintexas.blogspot.com