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    Re: Justices strike down Florida's IQ rule for executions

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Although I am against the death penalty for many reasons, I believe that, logically, this was a bad decision. The court decided on whether numbers which define retardation were inexact enough to prevent the death penalty from being applied, when they should have decided whether or not the perpetrator knew what he was doing when he committed the murder. Retarded or not, if he knew what he was doing, and knew it was wrong, then he is guilty enough to receive the punishment, and IQ tests, whether flawed or not, should not matter at all. Period.

    However wrongly decided this decision was, though, this does make the death penalty a little harder to apply. Hopefully, this is a small step towards the day when capital punishment is ended, and we are no longer in company that includes nations like Iran, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. After all, we are not savages. We are Americans, are we not?

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    Article is here.
    I'm against the death penalty myself, but I would think that if a person is smart enough to kill someone he's smart enough to be killed.

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    Re: Justices strike down Florida's IQ rule for executions

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Although I am against the death penalty for many reasons, I believe that, logically, this was a bad decision. The court decided on whether numbers which define retardation were inexact enough to prevent the death penalty from being applied, when they should have decided whether or not the perpetrator knew what he was doing when he committed the murder. Retarded or not, if he knew what he was doing, and knew it was wrong, then he is guilty enough to receive the punishment, and IQ tests, whether flawed or not, should not matter at all. Period.

    However wrongly decided this decision was, though, this does make the death penalty a little harder to apply. Hopefully, this is a small step towards the day when capital punishment is ended, and we are no longer in company that includes nations like Iran, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. After all, we are not savages. We are Americans, are we not?

    Discussion?

    Article is here.
    The court asserted that a fix number level was not optimal. The links between mental retardation, IQ level, and mental capicity are not best served by a rigid set number.

    You are, in a sense, are arguing what the court ruled.


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