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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yes, I am still against capital punishment, because an occasional innocent person does get executed every once in a while. But this lady deserved it. She killed 3 elderly women, and stole their credit cards and valuables from their homes. The murder that she was executed for is especially grisly, in that she cut the finger off her victim to get her wedding ring, which she pawned for 200 bucks.

    To those who are against the death penalty - Don't feel sorry for those who deserve it, but only those rare cases where someone didn't deserve it, which is why I am against the death penalty.

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    Any verifiable examples of this?

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Capital punishment might be defensible but not as a deterrent. It's revenge, and revenge has value (I suppose) but I hate, I mean really hate the idea of government having the power to execute citizens. And don't tell me about separations of power- the court is an extension of the State.
    I say, be honest about it and build a stage in the centre of town. Have the condemned's head pushed down on the block and ensure everyone is present to watch the axe fall. All this mollycoddling about gas chambers, electric chairs, lethal injections, whatever, that's all just to let Ma and Pa reconcile their Christianity with their desire for revenge.
    Wrong, it's about taking out the trash.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    because we know it has happened ... it doesn't bother you that we have executed innocent people? and if an innocent person gets executed no doubt it's someone who didn't have resources to mount a good defense ... You don't care if we execute someone who is innocent?
    Who and when?

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I wonder how many of them were actually innocent. 12 inmates who were convicted and sentenced to death in Texas were later found to be innocent and released. Can anyone really feel certain that none of those 500 were innocent, too?
    Shows how careful we are before executing anyone, the system works. By the way they most were not proven innocent they were proven not guilty. Huge difference.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    To be honest, not many. But even one innocent executed is too many. If the death penalty were foolproof, I would be the first to pull the switch on the bastard. However, I am still haunted by the execution of a man who was convicted of setting fire to his house, killing his wife and children. After he was executed, he was proven innocent of the crime, and the expert witness the prosecution had used against him was no expert. In fact, he was incompetent.

    There is also another important aspect to the death penalty. In the words stated by one condemned man, in his final statement before his execution, "Capital punishment, if you ain't got the capital, you get the punishment".
    Interesting, have a link?

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Because I found the statistical convergence interesting. Why are you so defensive about it?
    Why did you feel it necessary to post something that holds no relevance to the topic of this thread?
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Not entirely true. Houston is on it's way to becoming the murder capital again. There have been 2 or 3 murders per day here this year, a sharp increase from last year, and even surpassing the days in the 1970's when Houston took the title from Detroit.
    This is all I can find on the subject. Houston has a high murder rate but it seems to be declining.



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    The number of murders in Houston dropped significantly last year to its lowest level in nearly 50 years:

    269: Number of murders in Houston in 2010



    195: Number of murders in Houston in 2011 through Dec. 30



    27.5: Percentage that murders in Houston decreased from 2010 to 2011


    "Houston will likely finish 2011 with the lowest murder count the city has seen in nearly 50 years, preliminary Houston Police Department figures show.

    HPD recorded 195 murders for the year as of Friday, a 27.5 percent decrease from the previous year's total of 269. The preliminary figure doesn't yet include the death of a 27-year-old woman who police believe was killed in her west Houston apartment on New Year's Eve.

    As long as the 2011 total remains below 200, it would be the lowest since 1965, when 139 people were killed, said HPD homicide division Capt. David Gott.

    Houston homicides take a sharp tumble - Houston Chronicle

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    There's been like 800 plus more who have been executed in Texas going back to the early 1800's. So Texas loves killing people...so much that the state government is hell bent on trying to stop abortions in Texas. You may have noticed that my last sentence made no sense at all. When it comes to death...Texas government has selective ethics.

    You can shoot, stab, electrocute...give lethal injections, hang people...but oh don't think about abortion.
    You obviously don't see a difference between innocents and the non-innocent.

    We don't hang folks in Texas BTW.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhat View Post
    That's not the point; the point is that capital punishment doesn't punish anyone.

    It does if it gets them to HELL quicker. 8)

    Also relieves the burden on the taxpayer.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Considering the number of convicted murderers along with their victims and body count, I'd say Texas is kinda...slipping...and it wouldnt be a bad idea to step it up a bit.

    List of male murderers | Texas, USA | Murderpedia

    For people that think the death penalty is not a deterrent...ask yourself one question...In or out of the prison system,,,how many more victims did those 500 people cause after they were executed?

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