View Poll Results: What would you do about the death penalty?

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  • Nothing. It's fine as it's currently practiced.

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  • Eliminate it completely.

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  • Modify it. (Explain your answer)

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Thread: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    So you would be ok with taking a life when there's the slightest chance you might be killing someone who's innocent?
    yes...
    provided the proper legal mechanisms have been followed before they execute him or her, including an appeals process and possibly an oversight mechanism of the whole ordeal.

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    The more that time goes on, the less I support the death penalty. I'm for it in theory, but I don't think that our standards of proof are high enough to make it practical in most cases.
    the next highest standard of proof is " beyond a shadow of a doubt"... which is an incredibly high standard( some say it's impossible to meet) that does not account for human reasoning.

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    yes...
    provided the proper legal mechanisms have been followed before they execute him or her, including an appeals process and possibly an oversight mechanism of the whole ordeal.
    Ok. What would be your course of action if, after the execution, it is found out the person was indeed innocent? What you you advocate we do for the family of that victim?
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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    the next highest standard of proof is " beyond a shadow of a doubt"... which is an incredibly high standard( some say it's impossible to meet) that does not account for human reasoning.
    When someone's life is on the line, I don't think any amount of doubt is acceptable. Especially considering the screwed up jury system we have.

    I almost feel like there should be two trials. One with the current standards to determine guilt or innocence. And another with a second jury to determine if guilt is certain enough to put the death penalty on the table.
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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Ok. What would be your course of action if, after the execution, it is found out the person was indeed innocent? What you you advocate we do for the family of that victim?
    I would advocate that the family sue the government for wrongful death , false imprisonment, and human rights violations.... then let the jury decide proper compensation.
    if prosecutorial misconduct was shown, i'm all for imprisoning the prosecutor for life after he's convicted of murder.

    preferably, an healthy appeals process would occur before the execution.. and i would also advocate an audit of prosecutorial behavior take place as well... hopefully by an non-political objective 3rd party.

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Death Penalty should stay in place. The whole point of the Judicial system is to give appropriate punishment to crimes committed and some crimes death is the only appropriate punishment.

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    When someone's life is on the line, I don't think any amount of doubt is acceptable. Especially considering the screwed up jury system we have.

    I almost feel like there should be two trials. One with the current standards to determine guilt or innocence. And another with a second jury to determine if guilt is certain enough to put the death penalty on the table.
    I dunno.... I think a 2nd trial might be going a bit too far.
    I think an automatic audit of death penalty cases is a good thing to do, though.... it can take place in conjunction to the appeals process...

    from the time it goes to trial, until the time we pull the plug ( or release the innocent), it should take no longer than 5-7 years...tops

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    I would end it.

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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    DNA isn't a brand new discovery, but people are still being released today based on its evidence which wasn't available at the time of their trial. This wouldn''t be possible if they'd been executed.
    It's strange that the same people who hate the idea of government interference in their healthcare provision freely give it the power of life and death over them.
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    Re: Would you modify how the death penalty is applied?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    DNA isn't a brand new discovery, but people are still being released today based on its evidence which wasn't available at the time of their trial. This wouldn''t be possible if they'd been executed.
    It's strange that the same people who hate the idea of government interference in their healthcare provision freely give it the power of life and death over them.
    Good point.

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