You're Doing Fine, Oklahoma
The Christian state of Oklahoma has brought justice upon one of its wayward children who, in addition to the racial handicap so frequent on Death Row, may also have been incapable of understanding what was happening to him. His attorneys argued that he was mentally impaired when he committed the killing for which he was condemned, and that his subsequent accommodation at the taxpayers' expense had somehow made his condition worse. For all the country's recent leanings towards socialism, not even the American constitution permits the execution of insane or mentally incompetent people, and a psychiatric examination seven years ago resulted in a stay of execution. A recommendation for clemency was put in by the state's Pardon and Parole Board at about the same time, but what with one thing and another the governor failed to get around to denying it until this year. The execution took place an hour before polls closed in the presidential election, and we must hope for compassion's sake that it brought to the local Republicans a little spiritual comfort, and perhaps some quiet laughter.