published Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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THE QUESTION

Do you think the death penalty should be repealed?

There is absolutely no evidence that the death penalty is a deterrent. A number of death row inmates have later been exonerated, and sentencing is incredibly biased.

— Chris Acuff


No! If someone is sentenced to death, so be it! They shouldn't be able to appeal it over and over again while wasting taxpayers' monies, either!

— Jenn Clark


Yes. Too many innocent people have been proven to have been put to death. Life in prison with no chance of parole is punishment enough.

— Darrell Berry


Always wondered how those so concerned about fetal heartbeats and personhood for zygotes are so quick to endorse execution.

— Dan Alderman


Actually, the death penalty isn't used enough. And for some worthless souls there should be an express check-out. Fifteen years on death row is a bit superfluous and silly.

— Larry Henry Jr.


When Jesus was presented with the option of the death penalty, he refused it. He said only those without sin should take up a stone. I think we should follow his lead.

— Sarah Wilson


We have some true evil in the world, like the Colorado theater shooter. The death penalty is made for people like him.

— Chad Perry Tate


They need to go back to punishment — not rehabilitation — and crime would stop.

— James Carlsen

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nucanuck said...

Maybe lifers should be given an option of choosing death at any point during their incarceration instead of mandatory death penalties.

April 2, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.
jjmez said...

While touring the Piedmont region of northern Italy, and fourteen years before he moved into the White, 3rd president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson, once committed a crime punishable by death when he took a special kind of rice and smuggled it out of Italy. Smuggling was considered a capital crime at that ime, punishable by death.

April 2, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.
jjmez said...

Five More Things You Might Not Know About The Death Penalty.

according to technarati:

(1.)It costs money even if we don't kill anyone - In most cases where the death penalty is sought, it is never imposed. Even when it is imposed, it is rarely carried out. This chart from the Death Penalty Information Center illustrates the number of death sentences versus the number of executions.That's a lot of state tax dollars spent on additional lawyers, jury selection, sentencing, and expert where no one would get executed at all.

(2.)Law enforcement knows it doesn't work - Those in law enforcement may personally support the death penalty, but they also know that it doesn't work in preventing crime. When asked, law enforcement officials cited sentencing reform and development of family values and parenting skills as the things that would have the biggest impact in preventing crime.

(3.)Victim's families don't always want it - Ronald Carlson wanted vengeance when his sister was murdered in 1983 in Texas. But when he witnessed the execution in 1998 of the person who committed the murder he changed his mind. In a recent op-ed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carlson said he had no opinion on capital punishment before his sister’s death and remembers feeling hatred and “would have killed those responsible with my own hands if given the opportunity.” But he later discovered that, “Watching the execution left me with horror and emptiness, confirming what I had already come to realize: Capital punishment only continues the violence that has a powerful, corrosive effect on society.” “[O]ur justice system should not be dictated by vengeance.” He asked, “As a society, shouldn’t we be more civilized than the murderers we condemn?” Carlson has spent over half of his life examining this issue and has come to believe, “We as a society should not be involved in the practice of killing people.”

April 2, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.
jjmez said...

(4.) •It doesn't address the real needs of our society - The death penalty's cumbersome and expensive process diverts million of dollars and attention from the critical services that homicide survivors need to help them heal, including specialized grief counseling, financial assistance, and ongoing support. These services are often provided by the prosecutor's office, so once the case if over, so are the services. •Troy Davis wasn't our first doubtful execution - Cameron Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for the murder of his three children by arson. A renewed investigation in 2009 doubted the evidence for arson, citing the advances in fire science since the original investigation in 1992. A panel acknowledged in 2010 that the investigators used flawed science in putting the case against Willingham together.

Reggie Clemons, another possible innocent on deathrow?Not only does his case lack physical evidence, but there is also evidence of police brutality and prosecutorial improprieties. Executing Clemons would not be justice because he did not get a fair trial. A video taped interview with Warren Weeks was presented as new evidence to Judge Manners by Reggie's legal team. The team had been contacted by Weeks after he read about the special hearing. In 1991 Weeks was a bail investigator who interviewed Reggie just hours after his interrogation by St. Louis police where a forced confession had been beaten out of Reggie

(5.) Families falsely believe they will have closure when the accused and found guilty is executed, only to realize after the fact, there's no such thing as closure. And when there's doubt of the individual's guilt, the family is burdened with an extra cross to bear.

Remember: If deathrow inmates have been later exonerated and found innocent of having committed the crime after spending years, sometimes decades, on deathrow, then it only serves to prove true that likely innocent men, and even women, have been executed for crimes they didn't commit.

April 2, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.
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