Re: Cryo-suspension for death row

From: Randy Smith (randysmith101@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 18:03:05 MDT


>From: Max More <max@maxmore.com>
>Reply-To: extropians@extropy.org
>To: extropians@extropy.org
>CC: max@maxmore.com
>Subject: Cryo-suspension for death row
>Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 15:12:25 -0700
>
>I just heard this news item while driving, but missed the name of the
>governor (I think it was a governor) proposing the idea. I'm hoping someone
>can fill in the details. The governor of whichever state was seriously
>proposing to deal with the problem of possible mistakes in administering
>the death penalty by putting those executed into cryonic suspension.
>According to the report, the governor was completely serious and simply
>"thinking outside the box" (his words).
>
>I'd *really* like to find out who he is and in which state, as well as
>monitor the responses. Whether you are for or against the death penalty, as
>administered by the government, I think this is a positive thing--it sends
>the message that an "official" sees cryonic suspension as holding out real
>hope.
>
>Updated October 6, 2000, 4:51 a.m. ET

Yes, if this idea were implemented, it would probably "make" cryonics.

Here's an excerpt from the news story:

Mayor suggests cryogenically freezing death row inmates

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) To the growing death penalty debate, a mayor
submitted this suggestion: put inmates on ice literally.

During a city council meeting, Mayor Keith Holliday said Tuesday that the
worry over executing innocent people could be resolved by cryogenically
freezing death row inmates, then reversing the process if later evidence
clears them of crimes.

Several council members laughed.

But Holliday said he wasn't joking. He said the technology had been the
subject of a television talk show he had watched.

"I'm just trying to think outside the box," he said.

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