I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
Even if you changed the death penalty to life in prison, it's still a problem. The problem IS with the administration of justice in the court system, not the administration of the death penalty.
Well, I'm new here on the forums, and not sure this is the best way to start this out, but I'm going to go for it. forgive the length of the post. Several years ago, a friend of mine, who is a police officer, was involved in a case involving the murder of a little girl by the boyfriend of the child's mother. He was caught, confessed, and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. My friend, is in an area without the death penalty, and not a huge supporter of it, but having seen the child's body, and being involved so closely in the case, he was very torn on the subject. I, being the opinionated wench that I am, am not torn on the subject. I am going to just copy and paste the letter I wrote to him about it. It kinda sums up my thoughts. Forgive me for not rewriting it into a more proper reply, but this seemed easiest, and I am also a lazy wench.
I'm glad the man who did this to her will pay for his crime. I know there is nothing that could be done to him (even what you would like to do to him) which will bring this child back, nor that will possibly be enough to make up for what he did. Can a lifetime in prison make up for it? Of course it cant. Can killing him (as is what would most likely happen here) make up for it? No, that wont do it either. An eye for an eye, or a life for a life, is easy to say, but in the end it accomplishes little, and lessens all of us. You know I dont believe in life after death, so I dont believe in any kind of judgement after death, nor do I believe people will pay for their sins, or be rewarded for their good, after they pass, so justice, such as it is, must be eked out in this life, or it never will be. If society were to decide to deal the ultimate penalty upon those who kill, is justice served? The suffering, current and future, of the murderer is over. Death can be a relief to one who is racked with guilt. And when it comes to one who does not feel guilt, can they feel anything? Even a fear of death? The death penalty is not about justice, it is about revenge. Now, bear in mind, I do not necessarily consider this a bad thing. Revenge can be noble in its own way. But it needs to be done right, and for the right reasons if it is to be done. Society cannot seek vengeance for her. It would be a cold and empty sort of revenge. Society felt for her, some may have cried for her as I did, and as I am sure you did. But I did not nurse her, I did not spend sleepless nights next to her bed when she was sick, I did not watch her as she grew, I did not have dreams of her growing up, marrying, and living a happy life. The right of revenge, if such a thing exists, belongs to the one or the ones who did all those things. Am I advocating handing the mother the weapon of her choice, and letting her do as she will with the killer? In a sense, yes, I am. Do I think this is civilized, or a good thing? No, not really, but at least it would be honest, and real. If someone killed one of my children, could I end their life? Could I draw their blood, and gain some sense of closure from it? Well, initially, if I were there at the moment it happened, I have no doubt I could. With the scene there in front of me, rage, and sorrow would probably allow me to do things to another that I cannot even imagine of as I sit here and type right now. But later, in the sterile setting of a court room, or a police station, I cant say what I might be able to do. But it should be MY choice. The dead are no longer here to speak for what they would wish. Those who were closest to them should have the say in what happens. The cold and impersonal rituals of an execution chamber are not a fitting revenge, nor are they justice. The only one who has the right to pull that switch is the one who was hurt the most by the one sitting in the chair. If they wish it, they should be the one to do it. If they do not wish it, no other person should be allowed, or made to do it. Some things are simply too personal to be handled by beaurocracy.
If you can't bite, don't growl.
Anita Alvarez turns up the heat in her battle with Northwesterns David Protess and his Medill Innocence Project - Chicago magazine - February 2010 - Chicago
Food for thought sir. The IP may have noble goals, but it's also got it's share of... doubt.
⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.
That isn't good enough. When an innocent man is executed ... those responsible for it, judges, prosecutors, ect ... need to be executed. This will make it VERY difficult to sentence another to die. It will also provide justice to the families of those wrongfully executed persons.