While everyone was sleeping in, enjoying their Thanks Giving holiday, I departed from home around 8:00am this morning to first drop off my lumber for the construction of the “Electric Chair” for my Criminology presentation in CRIM4400–Ethics, than off to a group meeting, with the same members to discuss the find details of our presentation. We chose to meet up at the White-Spot restaurant in Surrey, at 72 Avenue and Scott Road for a 10:00am meeting with some yummy breakfast food to start off with.
The Electric Chair is coming along good. In fact, I think it looks like the real thing. The idea of the chair is to use it as a stage prop in the last part of our October 20th presentation in our “Ethics in Criminal Justice” class. The chair will “add” the to shock value when we will get the class to debate the merits of capital punishment based on a made-up case I will create. We will have a class member sit in the chair while we debate whether or not we should pull the switch on her. The crime will be a serial killer who murders poor innocent cats, in particular, Fluffy, a cute little white-fur-ball cat whose photos will be projected throughout the power-point presentation. The Jury will have chosen “execution” as the final punishment.
The chair will also be adorned with “jumper cables” and straps to give a hideous look, and add some realism to the point. I will snap a few photos of it once we have finished the presentation.
The accused will wait in the chair until the class, who will act as the “Governor’s last call,” will then determine if the mock-execution should continue or not. Of course, the case will be compelling, and some what rigged, so that it will be harder for the class to pull the “sympathy-card” for the accused. Criminologists have being known to have a mean streak in them from time to time.
I should point out that Canada does not use execution in its criminal justice system any more. Capital Punishment has being abolished since 1976, (sic) military 1998.
This morning I found out that both Goggle Maps and Map Quest really suck. The directions they gave for the White-Spot restaurant were so far off that I was 10 minutes late. I knew the restaurant was near the 72 Avenue and Scott Road intersection, but both maps had me driving up one full block further North on Scott Road!
For the rest of the day I am going to catch up on basic reading and paper writing. Since I have been home, I have read over 100 pages of hard-base peer review law text on race based crimes in Canada. I still have about 50 more pages to read by tomorrow. I can still hear my brain cells popping as I add more information to them….. *pop* *pop* *pop* Oh, wait, that could be the rain drops on the roof?