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Thread #155090   Message #3647627
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
02-Aug-14 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: USA sliding into depravity (botched execution)
Subject: RE: BS: USA sliding into depravity (botched execution)
That bit of folklore mentioned by Musket has always sounded improbable to me. However....

It has been asserted in two books that a former British Lord Chief Justice, the repulsive Rayner Goddard got a thrill from passing the death sentence, sufficient that his valet had to provide him with a change of underwear on such days. It was Goddard, incidentally, whose blatent misdirecting of a jury resulted in Derek Bentley being hanged for a murder he did not commit - a misscarriage of justice eventually acknowledged in 1998. (We are not as civilised in the UK as Musket sometimes suggests.)