Silva embraces euthanasia

Former Mayor Anthony Silva’s jailhouse interview with this paper contains any number of remarkable statements.

There’s this one: “When I go back to my room, I curl up in a little ball, put my head inside my sweatshirt and breathe hard to warm the air inside to survive,” though a Sheriff’s spokesman said the thermostat is set at 72 degrees.

There’s the noirish, “I came back to face the music.”

But the one that I find most remarkable is his statement that he may sue the Sheriff because the inmates are anguished. “They need as much mental health (care) as possible. I look at their lives — I don’t know why they would want to go on. It’s changed my opinion on euthanasia.”


Yes, Silva appears to be saying that jail is so miserable that inmates should be put out of their misery. That sort of compassion they could probably do without. Though it would ease jail overcrowding.


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