- A juror pay raise--the first since about 1964, to $40/day after the first day of service.
- Making it impossible for registered sex offenders to receive Viagra as a Medicaid benefit.
- Creating a sentence of 'life in prison without chance of parole' for capital crimes.
The first two of these items are no-brainers, in my opinion. But I am particularly glad to see the third item getting approval. I have two reasons for wanting that bit of legislation passed. First off, many people have a moral objection to sentencing a criminal to death. They feel this for religious or other personal reasons, or they simply feel that, if murder is wrong for one person, it is wrong for all, and the difference between taking someone's life as a criminal act is little different from taking someone's life as an act of justice.
I hope that, by allowing this option, people who might otherwise shy away from convicting a person of a capital crime if the only choice is the death penalty, might be more willing to consider a conviction if they have a less lethal sentencing option that they can choose.
This also has the potential to lower certain costs to the state. A sentence of death brings with it the need to adjudicate mandatory appeals, which can drag on for years and cost a large amount of money. This way, at least, appeals will not be mandatory, but up to the discretion of the defendant and his/her lawyer.
The Eye Update: I saw Dr. Garcia, my cataract surgeon, today, and he has decided to taper me off of the Pred Forte to see whether the inflammation returns. He's trying to see whether I have phacogenic glaucoma in the right eye or phacolytic uveitis. Fun! As I told Mark when I came out of his office, "He's doing that Dr. House thing--you know, take the patient off the medication, to see if he dies."
Tonight, I think I'll use the excuse of needing to pick up a Pred Forte refill to buy another Bearclaw Coffee Cake, like the one I brought to a co-worker's going-away party today but didn't get to eat any of. (g) It smelled so good!