The Death Penalty


Let’s be very clear: I am against the death penalty.

I am as sure as I’ve ever been that Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes did what they were accused of doing.

I swear to you, if I were to come home to this scene in my own home, I would shoot them dead on the spot.  Further, I feel these men deserve to be put to death for their crimes.  I honestly feel that the State is entitled to deliver death on criminals who behave in such a manner.

However.

We’re wrong too often; both in application and accuracy.

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4 comments
  1. Henry said:

    On the subject of the death penalty…

    I will agree that sometimes a person is convicted of a crime that he/she did not commit, but that does not mean that the person is innocent. I am certain that all wrongly convicted folks in prison have committed numerous crimes that we just do not know about.

    But, here is the real reason that I am so much in favor of the death penalty. We sometimes hear about a person that is sent away to jail with no possibility of parole. In the back of my mind, I can see a situation in a few years when, due to some stinking little legal technicality, the prisoner is set free. I DO NOT TRUST our legal system to protect the safety of the law abiding public. The system is too busy protecting the legal rights of criminals.

    • pino said:

      I will agree that sometimes a person is convicted of a crime that he/she did not commit, but that does not mean that the person is innocent.

      Henry, it does mean that.

      I am certain that all wrongly convicted folks in prison have committed numerous crimes that we just do not know about.

      I am not certain about that. And in the event hat they ARE guilty of such crimes, we should work harder to persecute them for those crimes.

      I DO NOT TRUST our legal system to protect the safety of the law abiding public.

      Then we have to work harder at making the legal system better. But killing innocent poor black people isn’t gonna do that.

      • Henry said:

        I know we disagree on this matter, but at least I understand your concerns. I do not want innocent people tossed in prison; I certainly do not want our government to execute innocent people.

        You may have heard the NPR program last month that told the story of a man that was wrongly convicted of murder. In a strange twist, the prosecutor was the person that worked the hardest to get the convicted man out of prison. Now the two men are the best of friends.

        The program can be listen to at:
        http://snapjudgment.org/prosecutor-penance

        While it is absolutely true that the man was not involved in the murder for which he was convicted, the start of the story does tell us that the man had been a small time drug dealer and thief. That guy was not a murderer, but he was no angel either. He was not an innocent man.

      • pino said:

        I know we disagree on this matter, but at least I understand your concerns.

        That’s as much as any of us can ask.

        While it is absolutely true that the man was not involved in the murder for which he was convicted, the start of the story does tell us that the man had been a small time drug dealer and thief. That guy was not a murderer, but he was no angel either. He was not an innocent man.

        In so far as our current system doesn’t get all the criminals, I am very open to listening. I’m not about going easy on criminals just ’cause it might seem “mean”.

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