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Murderesses Deserve Same Slack They Cut Their Victims

If Texas executes Karla Faye Tucker today, I won’t rejoice. But I will think her sentence fit the crime she committed 15 years ago.

The 38-year-old woman’s been a model prisoner. In fact, she not only has found religion, but has Pope John Paul II and Christian conservative Pat Robertson fighting for her. Unfortunately for Tucker, she doesn’t have the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on her side.

Frankly, part of me would love to see the Texas governor give Tucker a break. Indeed, she may be a far different woman today than the one who received a sexual thrill from driving a 3-foot pickax through a man and a woman. But I don’t want to be hypocritical. Male killers, even those who embrace religion, regularly are executed for crimes less heinous. I don’t want to be accused of sexism, either. Gender equity means women have won their right to be executed, too. You know. You’ve come a long way, baby.

Bottom line? Tucker should be thankful she was able to order a final meal of a banana, peaches and a tossed salad. And that she had plenty of time to make peace with God. Her victims didn’t have that opportunity.

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