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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    The Republican controlled Congress will make petty theft a capital crime.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    It's hard to vote since I don't know whether this is meant to include all, most, some, or only a few white collar crimes--and if any of the latter, which are to be included as punishable by death isn't spelled out.

    I would echo some of the sentiments expressed by others in this thread, and expand on them a little bit. It seems to me we misuse the death penalty. I've got no problem with it in theory, but the evidence is that we use it unfairly (dark-skinned people much more likely to get it than light-skinned, for instance). I also think we tend to use it in the wrong crimes. A case of murder where someone just snaps and kills a few people shouldn't be eligible for the death penalty, IMO, unless it turns out they'd done it on multiple occasions. The only murderers who should get the death penalty, IMO, are those who have committed particularly heinous crimes of the Ed Gein/Dennis Rader/David Ray Parker variety, against whom we have really incontrovertible evidence.

    On the other hand, people like Jeff Skilling or Dennis Kozlowski who basically run scams which destroy the lives of thousands of people for the purpose of enriching themselves beyond the dreams of avarice should be executed. The reason is quite simple: the death penalty doesn't deter murderers, because murderers are usually insane. The death penalty absolutely would deter white collar criminals who try to get away with wrecking an economy for their personal benefit.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    It's hard to vote since I don't know whether this is meant to include all, most, some, or only a few white collar crimes--and if any of the latter, which are to be included as punishable by death isn't spelled out.

    I would echo some of the sentiments expressed by others in this thread, and expand on them a little bit. It seems to me we misuse the death penalty. I've got no problem with it in theory, but the evidence is that we use it unfairly (dark-skinned people much more likely to get it than light-skinned, for instance). I also think we tend to use it in the wrong crimes. A case of murder where someone just snaps and kills a few people shouldn't be eligible for the death penalty, IMO, unless it turns out they'd done it on multiple occasions. The only murderers who should get the death penalty, IMO, are those who have committed particularly heinous crimes of the Ed Gein/Dennis Rader/David Ray Parker variety, against whom we have really incontrovertible evidence.

    On the other hand, people like Jeff Skilling or Dennis Kozlowski who basically run scams which destroy the lives of thousands of people for the purpose of enriching themselves beyond the dreams of avarice should be executed. The reason is quite simple: the death penalty doesn't deter murderers, because murderers are usually insane. The death penalty absolutely would deter white collar criminals who try to get away with wrecking an economy for their personal benefit.
    I could definitely see the Republican controlled Congress making fraud and tax evasion a capital crime.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    I could see the Republican controlled Congress making divorce a capital crime.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    I think it's only a matter of time before the US executes someone for a white collar crime or a crime such as petty theft. Especially with a Republican controlled Congress and Senate. The Republicans will make shoplifting a capital offense.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Death Penalty For White Collar Crimes
    no, but i do support jailing those who ruin our economy (and the global economy) by large scale gambling on risky financial products. if corporations are people, the people running them should be accountable. if i built a rickety skyscraper in my backyard and it collapsed on my neighbors' houses, i'd be whisked off to jail immediately. yet some banker can crash the entire economy and negatively affect billions of people, and he might not even face a single legal consequence. that needs to change. if there was a consequence like that, i bet our economic cycles would be a lot less volatile.

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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dobsdot00 View Post
    I could see the Republican controlled Congress making divorce a capital crime.
    Considering Newt Gingrich would be first on the chopping block, I couldn't.
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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dobsdot00 View Post
    The Republican controlled Congress will make petty theft a capital crime.
    Why on earth do you think that's true?
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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dobsdot00 View Post
    I think it's only a matter of time before the US executes someone for a white collar crime or a crime such as petty theft. Especially with a Republican controlled Congress and Senate. The Republicans will make shoplifting a capital offense.
    Wut?.
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    Re: Death Penalty For White Colloar Crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Wut?.
    Republicans almost always support the death penalty. Duh!

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