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    Re: Death Penalty

    I think the Death Penalty is requested far more often than it should be, even in circumstantial cases, and is too often used as a bullying tactic to get concessions from the defendant.

    The Death Penalty should be rare, and it's not. There should be incontravertable proof, bodies in the freezer, items from victims found in the defendants house, DNA evidence, etc. There should be more than one murder involved... serial killers, mass murders should be eligible for the Death Penalty, not the who commited a single armed robbery that went bad. Did y'all know that the average prison time for a man who kills his SO is 7 years? Kill a stranger, face the Death Penalty.

    Yeah. Our justice system is flawed as hell, and mis-use of the Death Penalty is part and parcel of it.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Here is the poster boy for capital punishment:

    Prosecutor Says John Couey Raped, Buried Jessica Lunsford Alive | Fox News

    "Sex offender John Evander Couey stole 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford from her home, raped her, wrapped her in garbage bags, then left her alive in a dirt hole to suffocate to death, a prosecutor said Thursday during opening arguments in the case."

    So long as there are people like him, there will be a need for the death penalty. Personally, I agree with others who have said that lethal injection is too nice. Lions need to eat. So do sharks. There is something just about a guy like this meeting his end the way his victim met her end--being mauled by a remorseless, mindless brute.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by cthomp View Post
    What do you think of the death penalty.

    I think it should be the ultimate punishment for various crimes assuming there is evidence beyond a doubt that proves the accused did the crime.
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    Re: Death Penalty

    No, we should not have the death penalty. Innocent people have already died even though the courts felt the sentences were foolproof, and that is reason enough to stop this barbaric practice. Aside from that, the litigation (which is 100% necessary to ensure guilt) makes the death penalty significantly more costly.

    We are the only western nation that still executes our own people for crimes, and should join the modern world already. Murdering our inmates makes us no better than the murderers themselves.

    And in any case, I see life in prison as far worse than giving them the freedom of death.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    No, we should not have the death penalty. Innocent people have already died even though the courts felt the sentences were foolproof, and that is reason enough to stop this barbaric practice. Aside from that, the litigation (which is 100% necessary to ensure guilt) makes the death penalty significantly more costly.

    We are the only western nation that still executes our own people for crimes, and should join the modern world already. Murdering our inmates makes us no better than the murderers themselves.

    And in any case, I see life in prison as far worse than giving them the freedom of death.
    Murder is a legal technicality. Since executions are legal then it is not murder to execute a murderer.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Murder is a legal technicality. Since executions are legal then it is not murder to execute a murderer.
    I don't care about your legal distinctions. It's wrong to kill other people, whether it's the state doing it or a murderer doing it.

    An eye for an eye is hypocrisy. It doesn't restore balance, it creates further imbalance to the friends and family of the person being executed.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by cthomp View Post
    What do you think of the death penalty.
    The generalized use of the death penalty innately consumes innocent life. As such, and as we reap relatively little benefit as a society at large from the death penalty, it makes little to no sense to actually keep it.
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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Absolutely, we need to use it much more often and much more quickly.
    That will only consume more innocent life.
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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by cthomp View Post
    Does anyone know what the cost is for lethal injection?
    That is the cheap end of when compared to all the other cost through the appeals process, that's where it is most expensive.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The generalized use of the death penalty innately consumes innocent life. As such, and as we reap relatively little benefit as a society at large from the death penalty, it makes little to no sense to actually keep it.
    I disagree, but I do believe that it should be only used at federal level (exp: Jim McViegh) and not state levels.
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