Cabarrus Jobs Now (CJN) recently put an ad on TV attacking Rep. Larry Pittman using some hilariously easy to debunk talking points. I wrote about it and how disgusting it was they hijacked a private citizen’s photo to use in it.
Well, CJN has followed up with a mailer:
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) February 27, 2016
No, seriously, my 9-year-old using Google can debunk the claims in this one.
By the way, CJN’s Twitter account is ‘protected’ and they have not responded to this tweet. Cowards.
The mailer has this text on part of it:
“Wrong Way … on Common Sense”
“Just like radical terrorists committing acts of violence in public view, Larry Pittman sent an email to every member of the General Assembly claiming his support for public executions!
(Source: WRAL, 1/26/12)”
OK, first of all this is an article from 2012. Hi, Pittman has been reelected once since then already.
Second, CJN hopes people won’t actually go find the article. Oh, too bad. I did.
Pittman said he was disgusted by the actions of death row inmate Danny Robbie Hembree Jr., who recently sent a letter to The Gaston Gazette bragging about how easy life is in prison and that appeals would stall his execution for years.
“We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”
“I was filled with anger, disgust, and frustration, as well as a profound sense of grief for the family of the young woman he killed,” Pittman said of Hembree. “I felt a need to ‘vent’ some of these feelings and intended to do so to him alone. In the process, I got a bit carried away and overstated my case. I am sure I am not the only one who has ever done that.”
He said he doesn’t want his email turned into “a sideshow for political purposes” and said what Hembree said was more outrageous than his comments.
“What I regret is that something I wrote as a personal note to a fellow member of the House has had the effect of taking the focus off of where it should be, which is the victim and her family and the need to provide them with justice,” he said.
GEE. Seems to me like Rep. Pittman cares a helluva lot about public safety and has a valid amount of anger at the ease of Hembree’s life while the family of the victim suffers.
Hembree murdered 17 year old Heather Catterton back in 2009 and was suspected to have murdered three other women.
What was Pittman so mad about? The letter Hembree sent from prison, which in part cackled, “KILL ME IF YOU CAN, SUCKERS, HA HA HA!“
Hembree was found guilty in 2011 and sentenced to death.
It’s noted in the 2015 appeal document that he outright confessed to murdering Catterton as well as Randi Saldana and Deborah Ratchford.
Here’s how he did it as he confessed it to police and as documented in the appeal:
According to these statements, after Heffner was gone, defendant told Catterton that “her lighter was out,” but that he had more lighters in a cabinet in the basement, and if “she’d come down there . . . we’d smoke some dope.” He then followed her, used “some kind of cord” to strangle her from behind, and pulled her to the floor. Next he covered her mouth and nose with his hands “for like 10 or 15 minutes,” then put a plastic Walmart bag over her face, and finally stood on her throat with his bare feet. Defendant told police that when these actions still failed to kill her, he punched her in the chest and her heart stopped beating.
Defendant stated that he then stored Catterton’s body in a closet for several hours, until he disposed of it at approximately 6:00 p.m. that day. At that point, he wrapped the body in a blanket, drove it across the border to South Carolina, and dumped it near a creek along Robinson Yelton Road. Defendant said he later disposed of the blanket by throwing it in a dumpster and discarded the clothing by throwing it away near a creek. Defendant gave conflicting statements regarding his motive for the killing. At one point, he told police that he killed Heather Catterton for virtually no reason, but because he “[j]ust wanted to.” At other times, he told them he killed her to help her escape a hard life that involved prostitution, beatings, and drugs.
But Rep. Pittman is just like a terrorist for wanting the death penalty to actually be a deterrent, right?
CJN deserves every single bit of sarcastic, white hot pokers I can offer.
THE STUPID. IT BURNS US.