The Czar is cautious when it comes to the death penalty.
He comes from Illinois, which has a moratorium on executions. Oh, you can be sentenced to death in Illinois, but your execution is on indefinite hold.
This originates from a shocking series of cases starting in the 1990s in which DNA tests and basic reviews of evidence exonerated quite a few people who had otherwise exhausted their appeals. Translation: we had demonstrably innocent people slated to be executed. Not all, of course…but only the first five or six they looked at. A Republican governor, and otherwise staunch supporter of the death penalty, declared the moratorium on ethical grounds as the press reported it. Not quite. He wanted a complete review of all capital crimes to ensure there was no doubt whatsoever that we were only executing guilty folks. Once we determined that only the guilty were scheduled for death, the executions would resume.
Unfortunately, that was Governor Ryan, who himself went to jail for blatant corruption. His more colorful Democratic replacement, Rod Blagojevich, not only continued the moratorium, but actually suspended the investigations and thereby effectively ended capital punishment in Illinois.
Point is, the Czar agreed with the initial moratorium. We do not put innocent people to death in Illinois. He is therefore reluctant to push for death until all the facts are in. Sometimes, they are not in. And sometimes, they very much are.
At 21:11 this evening, John Allen Muhammed was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was the DC sniper who took most if not all the ten life-ending shots in 2002. There was no question of his guilt. The New York Daily News even quoted Democratic Governor Tim Kaine as having no doubt on this one.
He was executed by lethal injection, which despite the liberal controversies as being a horrible way to die, is still vastly more pleasant than anything he did to his victims.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.