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