California executes its oldest death row inmate
Tuesday, January 17, 2006; Posted: 10:13 a.m. EST (15:13 GMT)
SAN QUENTIN, California (AP) -- California executed its oldest death row inmate early Tuesday, minutes after his 76th birthday, despite arguments that putting to death an elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual punishment.
Clarence Ray Allen, who was convicted of arranging the murders of four people, was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. at San Quentin State Prison.
He became the second-oldest inmate executed nationally since the 1976 Supreme Court ruling that allowed capital punishment to resume.
Allen expressed his love for family, friends and the other death-row inmates in a final statement read by Warden Steve Ornoski.
Allen ended his statement by saying, "It's a good day to die. Thank you very much. I love you all. Goodbye."
Maybe this was one of those star trek theme executions where everyone has to wear those Klingon forehead ridges. I only hope that everyone managed to find one that fits their skin tone. Nothing looks more ridiculous than when the damn prosthetic forehead is half a dozen shades lighter than the person's skin color. And after all, everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads. You just have to hope that no one burns them down.