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Old Smokey

by | 1st, July 2005

‘FEW of us know the exact hour of our passing.

‘I’ll be smoking’

But inmates on Death Row in California’s prisons are afforded this luxury. They not only know when they will die, but how they will die, who will be there and what they’ll be wearing.

Or do they? Because, as the Times reports, the great fear is that a felon may perish on his way to extinction. They may escape what passes for American justice by croaking from cancer caused by smoking.

Yes, folks, news from the US of A is that as of today inmates in California’s prisons are banned from smoking, and that includes those jailbirds earmarked for a lethal injection or the gas chamber.

“This is a good, common-sense measure,” says Tim Leslie, the Republican assembly figure who led the ban.

“It’s good for the

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