California AG Candidate Proposes Death Penalty for Corrupt Politicians

If Republican California for Attorney General candidate Phil Wyman had his way State Senator Leland Yee (D) and two other lawmakers would be put to death if convicted of their crimes. He has put forward the idea that the best way to prevent government corruption is for those who put their constituents in harm's way with their dirty dealings should face the death penalty.

Wyman has 17 years of experience in the state Legislature and said that he came up with the idea after the recent spate of corruption charges by state officials, but especially that of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee (pictured, left), who was recently indicted by a grand jury on eight federal charges for attempting to coordinate the sale of guns and military-grade weapons from terrorists in the Philippines to Americans in exchange for campaign contributions.

In a subsequent interview after issuing a press release on the whole "death penalty" idea, Wyman insisted that he was dead serious about his calls for giving the ultimate sentence to corrupt politicians. He believes it should be applied to the "most egregious" abusers of their office and that if convicted of their crimes should be permitted to choose their own method of execution. He suggested that they could choose lethal injection, hanging or firing squad.

“If they know that it’s gun-running and they know it’s going into a terrorist organization in the Philippines, that person earns the death penalty, and especially if they’re in elected office,” Wyman told ABC News.

Currently California law only allows for the death penalty by lethal injection for murders that have been committed with aggravating circumstances behind them such as murder-for-hire. Wyman says that the state should make an exception for politicians engaged in corruption.

“Firing squad, at least that’s a bit more macho than getting some other cocktail. Let that person choose. That person’s been at the pinnacle of power. If he wants to be executed by firing squad, let him,” he said to ABC News. “I want to discourage and teach the new generation about values – that nobody is above the law.”

A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D- Sacramento dismissed the idea in a mocking tone saying, “How can you even respond to something that ludicrous?”

Wyman also had harsh words for Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris, saying that she has been as "silent as a mouse" on the corruption cases of Democratic state senators.

You can't make this kind of stuff up.

Source: Financial Post

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  1. mdo7 says:

    Death penalty may be going too far.  But a 50 years to life sentence might fit for corrupt politicians like Leland Yee.  Also if that Muslim extremists in Philippines that Yee indirectly gave weapon to has ties with Al-Queda or any enemy in the US, Yee could be in deep trouble, giving weapon if it's intentional or not to US's enemy is treason according to the US law.

  2. BlindMaphisto says:

    I say strip them of all property, some rights involving government service and send them on their way broke. All they care about is money and power so that would be more effective.

  3. Hevach says:

    I'd like to hear Phil Wyman's opinion on countries like North Korea, China, or Russia that have actually been known do this.

  4. Kajex says:

    Death penalty? No.

    But a swift and non-fatal kick in the balls would be fair game. And we’d all get a laugh out of it. More seriously, though, I’d -like- to see some corrupt politicians get rochambeau’d on the basis that, like actually paying for their crimes, it’s something they may never have to go through.

  5. black manta says:

    Sounds like Wyman's taking the same attitude as Douglas Adams in the way he described Sirius Cybernetics in The Hitchhhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "A bunch of mindless jerks who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes."  Followed by a future entry that reads, "A bunch of mindless jerks who were first against the wall when the revolution came!"  

  6. hellfire7885 says:

    Not only does nothing happen to them, but there are plenty of ordinary people will to defend them saying the person forclosed on should have just kept up with their payments

  7. Infophile says:

    About the only thing in this I'll agree with is that white-collar crimes need to be punished more harshly. They can do just as much (if not more) damage as direct crimes; it just tends to be diffused among more people and at a greater distance. If you burn down a person's house, you go to jail for arson, but if you make it impossible for them to repay their mortgage and foreclose on them, nothing happens.

    I could also get behind the principle that those who have more power should be punished more harshly when they break laws than those with less power. For us to have trust in the system, we need to make sure those we put in power won't abuse it, and so there need to be harsh penalties for abusing it. Unfortunately, that's not likely to happen anytime soon, in any country this side of the moon. Those in power determine the punishments for crimes, and they'll make damn sure they can always find a scapegoat lower down to pin the blame on.

    I won't get behind the death penalty, though. That just serves the public's bloodlust. We should be serving the better angels of our nature, and do only what's necessary to keep criminals from harming again and to set up a deterrent to future criminals, rather than succumbing to primitive urges for vengeance.

  8. hellfire7885 says:

    Or that we don't falsely imprison even more people on trumped up charges for cheap labor.

  9. ecco6t9 says:

    Hang them on the steps of the state capitol. And as a Sacramento resident I would be there cheering.

  10. Infophile says:

    Forced labor in prison can be quite a slippery slope to cruel and unusual punishment. Have you heard what things are like these days in Russia's prisons? Moderate work in prison is fine – keeping prisoners occupied and productive keeps them from getting restless – but we have to be vigilant that it doesn't turn into slavery of those who don't have a choice but to work.

  11. Sora-Chan says:

    My personal opinion on the death penalty, is that I would rather someone rot in jail than be put to death. And while in jail they would have to do hard labor, to actually be a benefit to civilization.

    But of course, with the way our prisons are in the US, that isn't a option, partly due to corporations are running the prisons, and they don't want to spend the money on surveillance and security, but are perfectly fine on spending it to make sure the prisoners get three meals a day, a bed, and a tv while there is a lot of people out there that don't even get the first two. I have a bit of a dislike when prisoners are treated better than the homeless…

    In one of my perfect world iterations, people who were sentenced with the heaviest crimes would be given a choice of either hard labor, or death, much in the fashion the AG here is suggesting, though with more options. Maybe someone wants to go out with a bang of TNT in a quarry.

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  12. Longjocks says:

    Being a bloodthirsty gamer who has been trained to kill by GTA, I think it's about time someone seriously considered increasing the umbrella of the death penalty rather than decreasing it. I like my dark ages dark. This whole "enlightenment" thing is too bright and hurts my eyes.

  13. quiknkold says:

    I'm not for Capital Punishment. 

    That said, I am officially onboard Capital Punishment for corrupt politicians. Can you imagine how many seats would be emptied in congress if that were law?

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