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Texas Ignores U.N., Executes Mentally Challenged Man It Wanted Dead So, So Bad

Color photographs are for blue-state homos.Is there anything Texas likes more than killing people? Anything? Jesus, maybe, but he’s somehow their best excuse to do everything awful, including killing people, so let’s just say Texas likes killing people A LOT and get on with the facts of the case of Yokamon Hearn, who was unceremoniously put to sleep Wednesday over the objections of everybody who wasn’t currently in the act of killing him.

Hearn is a 33-year-old guy who killed a Plano stock broker, and WOW did Texas want to make him dead. The main objection was that Hearn had mental deficiencies resulting from his mother drinking while she was pregnant. Texas ignored this because — and this is a real quote from a real prosecutor — it “would be a free pass for anyone whose parents drank.”

You hear that, people with brain damage? Don’t go getting any ideas. (Especially in Georgia, also too.)

Texas likewise did not care about the ivory tower muckety-mucks of the United Nations, who had their Office Of Trying To Calm Down Maniacally Homicidal States write a letter saying, “Like, listen guys. We have to deal with the planet’s biggest assholes every day, and this still seems pretty shitty.”

Right. So, fuck the U.N., let’s kill somebody! Break out the three-drug cocktail and we’ll get it on. What’s that? It expired? Seriously? OK, let’s see what else is lying around — pentobarbital… that’s the stuff they use to put down pets, right? Load it up.

It’s the first time the drug had been used to kill a human in Texas, though Florida (who else?) killed a guy with it last year, in a rare move that bothered a pharmaceutical company. From RT:

Before the September execution of Manuel Valle, Lundbeck manufactures wrote to Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) to say that using their product to kill people “contradicts everything Lundbeck is in business to do — provide therapies that improve people’s lives.”

Lundbeck has banned the export of the drug to the US, but a surplus of supplies in some states is forcing authorities to use the narcotic to kill inmates, especially in instances where the components of the three-drug cocktail are unavailable.

“While the company has never sold the product directly to prisons and therefore can’t make guarantees, we are confident that our new distribution program will play a substantial role in restricting prisons’ access to Nembutal for misuse as part of lethal injection,” Lundbeck wrote last year.

Did you know states could murder people with off-label prescriptions THEY JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE LYING AROUND? And, even though the drug company is frantically trying to hide this drug from governments and the U.N. complained about how it was probably a lousy thing to be killing people “affected by structural brain dysfunction,” they did it. He’s dead. And now all you kids suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome know: Stay the hell away from Texas. [RT]

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  • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

    It takes a mentally challenged governor to execute a mentally challenged man.

    • freakishlywrong

      Wingnuts. They have no empathy chip.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        Not much of a humor chip, either.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Now, he had three good reasons for putting the man to death:

      He killed someone

      He was mentally deficient

      And, uhhhhhhhh, I forgot the last. Oops.

      • http://www.indiegogo.com/revive-vlad Doktor Zoom

        Housing and Urban Development?

        • thatsitfortheother1

          Sumpn to do with edumacation or sumpn.

        • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

          Janet Napolitano?

      • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

        "And he was a Black man," added Ron Paul.

        • BerkeleyBear

          "But I didn't actually say that. It was just said over my name by someone. I'm not sure who, even though there were only two people authorized to speak for me and I'm one of them," Ron Paul, when running for President a decade later.

    • CthuNHu

      You know who else lost no sleep over killing untermenschen?

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Is there anything Texas likes more than killing people?"

    Well, we got our start by killing Mexicans, and have just gone from strength to strength ever since.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I exclude you from my later comment. you'll see what I mean.

    • bhosp

      It's called having a "core skillset", HELLO EVER HERD OF IT COMMUNIST?!

    • Antispandex

      "Is there anything Texas likes more than killing people?"

      Truck Nutz?

  • Preferred Customer

    "You hear that, people with brain damage? Don’t go getting any ideas. "

    I guess that means Louis Gohmert can't use this as an excuse?

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

      "Did he kill somebody or not??? It's a 'yes' or a 'no' question!!!"

      • sullivanst

        Any other answer than 'yes' or 'no' is nonresponsive.

  • ChernobylSoup

    I'd rather have unicorns and rainbows this morning, thank you very much.

    • Biff

      OK, how about that guy in Aurora Colorado?

  • An_Outhouse

    When you outlaw mental deficiencies, only criminals will have mental deficiencies.

    • OneDollarJuana

      Careful. You're talking about depopulating Texas (and the rest of the South).

    • fatbob54

      Bumper sticker on Perry's offical limo:

      "You can have my mental deficiencies when you pry them from my cold dead…oh wait, crap"

    • Antispandex

      Mental deficiencies don't kill people, people with mental deficiencies kill people?

  • ChernobylSoup

    Oh Texas. Dear, dear Texas. Maybe someday when you grow up you can join the community of civilized people.

    • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

      Texas doesn't want to join any club that would accept Texas as a member.

      • not that Dewey

        with the possible exception of the CSA.

      • sullivanst

        I'd much rather hang out with Groucho Marx (or Richard Feynman) than in Texas, any day.

        And yes, I do mean in their coffins.

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      yeah, but you know, they are a job creatin machine.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    And with Perry's politically-motivated refusal to take money made available by "Obamacare," Texas will now be killing people who haven't even committed a crime, including children. It's the greatest state!

    • WhiteyMcFlyover

      Hey, just taking care of government surpluses!

      • Biff

        But now the SPCA will be forced to euthanize animals by clubbing them to death due to a shortage of Nembutol.

        • WhiteyMcFlyover

          Oh, you thought I meant the drugs. I can see that.

          • Biff

            Oh. Oh. OH!

    • JustPixelz

      It's the One Star State.

      • sewollef

        It's the one brain cell state too…

    • CthuNHu

      Hey, those kids have it coming. In Texas, poverty is a class A felony.

      If they can't hack the chair, they shoulda gotten cash to spare.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ChillBill

    I can see the Wingnut "let's get rid of the other retarded Black man" jokes coming from a mile away…

    • ChernobylSoup

      They're too busy blaming all those people in the movie theater who didn't have concealed carry permits.

      • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

        Yeah, I noticed that. We live in a country full of Bruce Willis extras, who are anxiously waiting to jump into the set of "Die Hard."

        • ChernobylSoup

          I should have known better than to start reading comments on the WaPo site this morning. Good lord, it was wall to wall woulda shoulda coulda.

          • http://www.wonkette.com Chill_Bill

            It's on every board. Somehow gun owners are the real victims here, cause this would've never happened if the government hadn't tried so hard to take away their freedums.

          • OurDailyBread

            America is so completely and utterly fucked. I propose that we Canadians build a wall on our southern border and Mexicans can build one on their northern border in an attempt to keep the Plague of Stupid and Crazy contained.

            God have mercy on our souls if we fail.

          • Caelan Aegana

            But then the Border Protectin' Patriots will be forced to invade Mexico, because Jeebus forbid those brown people get up to something. They're just protecting them from themselves protecting themselves, dontchaknow.

      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        Be kinda hard to shoot back when the bullet that kilt you came through a wall.

        • thatsitfortheother1

          Guy was wearing tactical gear as well. You pop one in his general direction and fail to hit him in the head or the nads, and it's all over baby blue.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          You're expected to blast away at the wall, on the chance that one of the people you kill will be the one who shot you. You're also expected to carry the firepower needed to get through the wall. USA! USA!

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/revive-vlad Doktor Zoom

    This will be an important warning to people who lack the mental faculties to understand it.

    • Nostrildamus

      That is awesome.

  • Goonemeritus

    We need to admit Texas is ungovernable and send in UN peace keepers.

    • Biff

      Gun nuts have already been practicing by shooting targets of silhouettes wearing blue helmets.

      Where the fuck is that guy who used to hang out here and talk about guns all the time, anyway?

      Do NOT invoke his name!

    • An_Outhouse

      If I was independently wealthy, I would buy a helicopter, paint it black, and fly it over the wingnuts' houses just for the fun of it.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Better armor it up first.

  • freakishlywrong

    Isn't Hearn Blah? All you need to know, really.

  • Oblios_Cap

    You hear that, people with brain damage? Don’t go getting any ideas.

    Yeah, you Texicans! That means all of you had better shape up!

  • samsuncle

    This is bad news for the Texas Republican Congressional delegation.

  • SorosBot

    "Stay the hell away from Texas" is good advice for everybody really.

    • OneDollarJuana

      Texas, Arizona, South Carolina. Jeez, it's starting to get to where I won't be able to travel anywhere East of the Cascade Mountains.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        Good travel advice. Add Colorado to the list.

      • SorosBot

        East? The problem is that those places are all to the south; stay north of the Mason-Dixon line, as extended to the border of California.

        (Well you can go to Washington and Maryland, they haven't been part of the South for well over a century).

        • sullivanst

          Joe Biden libel!

    • fatbob54

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Biff

      I used to think it was smack dab in the way to some cool places, but now that I've been to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida, I now realize there is nothing at all of value to the east of the Lone Tard state.

  • HempDogbane

    Also, when you go to the Mayo Clinic, remember to leave your 50-60# pipe bomb at home.OT, I know, but the news this morning. Jesus !

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    Just more evidence that smart brain damaged people should take advantage of America's openly and freely available assault weapons so when they do go on a murder spree, they can make the most of it.

    • OneDollarJuana

      The Right is on a witch-hunt in this "Fast and Furious" investigation, when the real problems is not that we sold guns to a few Mexican drug dealers, it's that we freely allow millions of crazy Americans to buy the same guns, and worse.

  • Oblios_Cap

    You just can't go around killing stockbrokers or any of your other social betters and not expect to pay the price for it. No Excuses!

    Damn Poorz – always wanting to get away with stuff.

    • PubOption

      Not killing this guy would encourage the Occupy Wall Street movement. We can't have that!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Good thing that Lundbeck guy doesn't run a company that manufactures ammunition. Or maybe it's too bad.

  • Boojum

    Texas executing the mentally challenged is a good way to depopulate Texas, is what it is.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Hurry guys! lets get this execution over with, there's a Right to Life meeting in the Governor's office in ten minutes.

  • GorzoTheMighty

    Executing people that are retarded. Germany probably has some left over Zyklon- B kicking around. What is next, Texas electing a Governor that dresses up in a military uniform with jack boots.?

  • thatsitfortheother1

    When somebody messes with Texas, how can you tell the difference?

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      A higher pile of shit?

      • thatsitfortheother1

        Glossier, perhaps?

  • EatsBabyDingos

    I got threatened at a bar once for saying to a pro-lifer that God was pro-Death, since according to "The Faith" everybody dies, and that's God's plan, so He must be in favor of Death for some reason. Upside down went the Bud bottle in his hand, and I got tossed from the bar for agitating.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Politer way of pissing him off: "If God is pro-life, why do people die?"

      • widestanceromance

        Coat hangers are a part of his mysterious, but obligatory according to his lesser creations (humans), plan. Right.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        That's as great a mystery as the eternal question, "Did Adam have a belly button?"

      • sullivanst

        And what about the Flood, HENNGGGGGGHHHHHHH???

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Another good reason to drink beer only out of a Maßkrug.

    • EatsBabyDingos

      And I forgot the ironic part. It was in 1989 at Slick Willy's, a cavernous bar in Little Rock named for some governor, Willie Horton. Or someone.

    • ColHeightsChic

      I would have probably made out with you (assuming you possess male parts) if I had been there to witness that exchange.

    • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cheaphits/reviews cheaphits

      Well, I got a true Texas honky-tonk story, from a dive in Odessa, Tx.

      The regulars played a drinking game – if you lost had to hit the next person who walked in the door as hard as you could in the face…man, woman, young or old.

      There are some tuff bars in Texas.

  • Guppy

    Texas doesn't worship Jesus, Texas worships crucifixion.

    It's an easy mistake to make.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      OMG, that is perfect.

    • IncenseDebate

      That's what I was thinking. There's definitely a death-worship cult at large calling themselves Christians.

    • widestanceromance

      Trust no religions that use an execution device as a logo.

  • http://gratuity.wordpress.com/ Gratuitous World

    take heart, wonkette – i assume the Pro-Life zealots are all over this.

  • http://twitter.com/iburl iburl

    In happier news, Rick Perry is about to move back into the Governor's Mansion. No more rough nights in that 10K a month 7 bathroom estate. See, not every congenitally stupid murderer gets executed in Texas.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    Wow. That's, um, quite the story.

    I mean, yea, a drunk mom is a lame excuse, to be sure, but here's the thing: ANY excuse to avoid execution should be more than sufficient to lock the cell and toss the key, rather than, you know, piss God off by taking a life.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    "And now all you kids suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome know: Stay the hell away from Texas. "

    Why so restrictive? Shouldn't everyone know this?

    • JustPixelz

      I have a .. um .. friend who suffers from Adult Alcohol Syndrome. Same rule?

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Speaking from experience, the only way to maintain your sanity and live here is through continual dosage.

        • Biff

          Proper titration is key, here.

  • Guppy

    Can't the drug company person sue the state for patent/trademark infringement?

    • James Michael Curley

      No, but during the Bush admin, early on, he stopped an effort by the FDA to curtail 'off-label' uses of drugs citing the need to allow doctors to determine what worked best for their patients by trial and error.

      • sullivanst

        Yay! No IRB oversight!

      • BerkeleyBear

        The FDA does bust drug makers – not end users- for pushing off label use these days, but of course that doesn't do shit for this situation except make the drug maker keep shouting "don't use it like that!" as the Texas prison guards gleefully plunge the needle into his arm.

        Plus, even if there was patent infringement, the state couldn't be sued (thanks to Scalia and Thomas resurrecting the 11th Amendment in a case about pre-paid tuition plans to invalidate plain Congressional intent).

  • MiniMencken

    Both Emerson and Thoreau opposed allowing Texas into the Union, arguing it would destroy the United States. A prophet in his own country…

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    in a rare move that bothered a pharmaceutical company.

    Wow. I mean, what does it say when Big Pharma is a bigger humantarian than Rick Scott? Or Rick Perry?

    • Biff

      Makes as much sense as explosives manufacturer Nobel sponsoring a Peace Prize!

  • Billmatic

    Things Texans like more than killing people:

    1. Great big trucks
    2. voting republican

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      3. Truck Nutz

      • http://www.indiegogo.com/revive-vlad Doktor Zoom

        4. Complaining that Christians got no rights any more.

        • not that Dewey

          5. Eliminating facts from history textbooks.

          • http://twitter.com/iburl iburl

            6. Trying to Ignore that Alaska has more land mass.

          • SorosBot

            For one they like to pretend that the founders of the Republic of Texas were a bunch of heroes fighting Mexican tyranny, when they were a bunch of dipshits fighting for the "freedom" to own slaves.

          • Billmatic

            Honestly that's a major oversimplification. I would say the slave-owning interests were the ones that mobilized the succession, but they wouldn't have had the support if the Mexican government didn't absolutely mismanage every facet of the colonization of Texas.

            And Santa Ana did suck p. bad.

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        4. Johnny Winter

      • OneDollarJuana

        4. Eating too much red meat.
        5. Bragging about items 1-4.

    • JustPixelz

      Vaginal probe ultrasound?

    • PubOption

      Guns, guns and more guns.

    • Billmatic

      7. Whataburger
      8. ZZ Top

    • Oblios_Cap

      9. Not teaching critical thinking.

  • sbj1964

    The only good thing that ever came out of Texas is I-10.

    • Billmatic

      How dare you. Just for starters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDJtAqXbZ1c

      • sullivanst

        Although the fact that Relationship of Command caused the breakup of ATDI still says a lot about the kinds of people you find in Texas.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      All of them, Katie.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Don't we all get to kill at least one stock broker during the coming revolution?

    • WhiteyMcFlyover

      40 bankers and a mule or gtfo!

    • Oblios_Cap

      I believe it will be mandated by the new regime.

    • Biff

      One can only hope.

    • sullivanst

      From what I recall of the pigeonhole principle, only one in 99 of us gets a stockbroker to kill.

      • bobbert

        Wassa matter with cooperative effort?

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Well, at least there's some good news out of Texas lately: ZZ Top has been recording a new album (first in almost a decade) with Rick Rubin. EP "Texicali" has been released and the single takes me back to that good old bluesy 1970's Top. Awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJRBdLpTeso

    • ChernobylSoup

      I'm not sure the new album will have legs.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      I saw them at Tarant County about 1972. Billy Gibbons, with a gold lamay suit and matching fedora and Les Paul. What a show.

      Got a girl her name's Francine…

  • sbj1964

    Rick Perry should not be spared.

  • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

    I don't want to be a wet blanket, but, I can't even read this.
    Way to harsh my mellow, Wonkette.

    (I know, I'm a cry-baby!)

    • C_R_Eature

      Don't apologize. This just means you still have your humanity. Unlike Rick Perry.

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      i know right?

      i read the headline (hours late and hours after the atrocities all over the radio this AM) and my first thought was 'Good Morning!'

  • C_R_Eature

    Dear Texas:

    Secession. It's still an option, if you want it.

    Sincerely, CRE.

    PS: We're keeping the Army, Naval and Air bases, the Johnson Spaceflight Center, the National Estuarine Research Reserve at Mission-Aransas, the Interstate highways, rail lines and airport terminals and all the National Parks. You may purchase them from us at competitive bid rates, if you wish. US Dollars will be the only acceptable tender.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      What about that danged fence? The One-Star State is broke, but I'm pretty sure Mexico would be happy to maintain it.

      • C_R_Eature

        Where's an active crustal plate subduction zone when you really need one?

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          I like to think that Barringer Crater was just a range-finding shot.

          • C_R_Eature

            Adjust a few clicks for windage, and you've got it.

    • sullivanst

      … although purchases in Ameros might be negotiable.

      • C_R_Eature

        True. We will not, however, accept Chickens.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Can we keep the cool parts of Austin, too (but let the yokels keep the damn football team – Mack Brown can rot in fucking idiot hell, that sumbitch).

      • C_R_Eature

        The Austin Federal Zone sounds OK to me!

    • Steverino247

      Annual tribute in the form of free fajitas to any Real American visiting Austin will also be part of the deal.

      • C_R_Eature

        "Freedom fajitas"! I am down with that.

  • Biff

    a surplus of supplies in some states is forcing authorities to use the narcotic to kill inmates

    See? They HAD to do it! Def NOT TX's fault, you guys!

  • Schmegeg

    Can't the DEA tune someone up for this??

  • PubOption

    Missouri is planning to use propofol for lethal injections. If it was good enough for Michael Jackson….

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    To be fair, "people with brain damage should not be getting any ideas" is probably good policy. We could have avoided the whole teabagger thing, for starters, and definitely Bachmann.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Texans should know that drugs are bad — hell, if they really wanted to kill someone, they'd send him to work at a BP refinery.

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

      Ugh… Was gonna elaborate, then saw the date of the linked item. Good gravy! How do you remember this stuff?

      • SayItWithWookies

        I'm not sure, but some things just stay assimilated. As someone once said, life is a comedy to those who feel, a tragedy to those who think, and an episode of Jeopardy to those who can't forget.

  • Biff

    Hey, my mother drank during all of her too-many pregnancies, and some of us turned out just fine! Of the ones that weren't still-born, that is. Being born addicted to alcohol is no big deal, seriously!

  • http://www.acepilots.com/wwi/can_bishop.html WABishop

    If only there were some way of isolating the violent to keep them from being a danger to the public. Like a secure room of some sort, with bars on the windows and guards 24 hours a day. Think, Bill, think….

  • rabritz

    What the hell is the fuss about? The Houston Chronicle reported "Hearn showed no apparent unusual reaction to the drug…" Hearn's not going to be heard complaining. I wonder what an unusual reaction would have been?

  • barto

    Talk about off-label prescribing, even GlaxoSmithKline couldn't match that one.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      You mean it wasn't FDA-certified as "safe and effective" for executions?

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    There are two aspects to this problem: the mentally-challenged guy on death row — and the one in the governor's office. Shouldn't we tackle this from the easier side?

  • Nostrildamus

    The state of Texas is now smoking a cigarette.

  • shortsandpants

    … all the good shit has come from a Government lab at some point or another.

  • Come here a minute

    Nembutal numbs it all, but I prefer alcohol.

  • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

    why the fuck would we protect ret*rded people?

  • Steverino247

    Sounds like a retroactive happy ending!

  • ttommyunger

    Reminds me of the last one of this type that Georgia needled. His last meal included Pecan Pie for desert, he refused to eat it insisting he wanted to "save it for later". Fucking pitiful.

  • CivicHoliday

    I think I have some expired Excedrin PM and Midol in the back of my medicine closet. I'll fed ex them to the honorable Gov. Perry ASAP

  • Gopherit

    Who…..is…..user…of.owls

  • DahBoner

    I just downgraded The One Star State down to a half star on Yelp…