Wednesday, January 18, 2006


From an AP article in today's Winston-Salem Journal about the recent execution in California of a 76 year old man:

Having suffered a heart attack in September, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request that prison officials said they would not honor.

"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said Vernell Crittendon, a spokesman for the prison. "We would resuscitate him," then execute him.

1. Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness.
2. The quality or condition of being considered sacred; inviolability.
3. Something considered sacred.
[Middle English saunctite, from Old French sainctite, from Latin sānctitās, from sānctus, sacred.]
"sanctity." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 18 Jan. 2006.