Under certain circumstances, please explain
I voted no. This reminds me of Ghandi's quote "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
Firstly, as a matter of principle I really don't find the death penalty to have any real value to society or to even be justified. How does stooping down to the level of a criminal make us any better than them? Just because a killing has been approved by the state does not mean it isn't murder. We as human beings fundamentally should not have the right do decide the final outcome of somebody's life. People will often argue the religious aspect that judgement comes after death; but I argue that even if there is no judgement in life or no "Higher Power", there is no circumstance that justifies our ability to decide who lives and who dies. Prison is a different situation entirely because it restrains people who present themselves as dangers to society and brings justice to heinous crimes.
But death? I don't think that any situation justifies the human ability to play with the mechanisms of death.
Not to mention that on a practical level it shouldn't be justified either. Jesse Tafero, Timothy Evans and Wayne Felker are just 3 examples of people wrongfully executed. It is not our right to put somebody to death, and to do so without the subject actually having committed the crime is a disgrace to humanity, and is the epitome of our violent nature.
A San Jose, California, Superior Court jury recommended the death sentence for Davis on August 5, 1996. After the verdict was read, Davis stood and gestured obscenely at the courtroom with both hands. Later, at his formal sentencing, Davis read a statement claiming that Klaas had said to Davis, "Just don’t do me like my dad," just before Davis killed her, implying that Klaas' father was a child molester. Klaas' father, Marc Klaas, reacted angrily and left the courtroom to avoid causing further commotion. Judge Thomas C. Hastings proceeded with the formality of the death sentence, saying "Mr. Davis, this is always a traumatic and emotional decision for a judge. You made it very easy today by your conduct."[
Of course he will die a natural death because California can't bring itself to execute anyone in the name of its people.
Last edited by Meathead; 03-04-12 at 07:45 AM.
And Fletch, wow that is an incredibly disturbing person. At the same time, I don't see how our killing an individual makes anything better? Was he in no way mentally disturbed, out of curiosity?
While I'm all for justice, keep the man in a prison for his entire life (he absolutely deserves it); but I simply can't condone the use of death as a punishment. Taking away somebody's life isn't something that we should have the right to do, in my opinion.
I support the death penalty providing in a capital case where the death penalty is on the table, the defendant is afforded a first class defense team that stands up to the assets and advantages of the prosecution. I support the death penalty if this defense team continues to the appeals stage.
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