A national movement to abolish capital punishment is growing, state by state. Maryland is expected soon to become the 18th state to repeal death-penalty laws. Nevertheless, taking a life for taking a life still seems like a good idea for millions of Americans. But capital punishment is not what it used to be, when the gallows was a scene of commerce and merriment. Seventeenth-century England, whence comes so much of our law and culture, hanged evildoers with the enthusiasm of modern Texas.
How about using DNA to speed up the death sentence process? I think if a person is convicted by a jury of his peers and DNA validates that he is guilty, he should meet his maker at the next dawn. There is no longer the question of whether he was wrongly convicted, there is absolute proof.
It seems like DNA is only used to get people OFF of death row.
Oh, for the good old days. Leon Czolgosz, the man who shot President McKinley, was tried, convicted, and executed within a month of the assassination.
If Czolgosz did that today, he´d be living the high life on the taxpayer´s dime, with a phalanx of (taxpayer-funded)lawyers, all trying to find the single loophole which would get this "poor, misunderstood boy" released from durance vile.
It is the endless appeals, and the fact that killers stay on death row until they die of old age that has turned public opinion.
Just sentence them to Life Without Parole, then tell the lawyers to go find real jobs.
Eve Marie Carson, the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of March 5, 2008. Demario James Atwater pleaded guilty in her death on May 24, 2010. His co-defendant, Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., was convicted Dec. 20, 2011. Both men are serving life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole. (this week) The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Laurence Lovette Jr., one of two men convicted in the death of former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson, must be resentenced because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding automatic life sentences of offenders under age 18 at the time of a crime....
In its ruling, the Appeals Court cited the Supreme Court decision – made after Lovette´s conviction – in which the court held that a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a minor at the time of a crime violates the Eighth Amendment´s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
OK, remember this -- a death sentence is chosen by the perp, not by a judge or jury. Chosen by the criminal act[s] he elects to commit.
FTA: A national movement to abolish capital punishment is growing, state by state. Maryland is expected soon to become the 18th state to repeal death-penalty laws. Nevertheless, taking a life for taking a life still seems like a good idea for millions of Americans.
Tell me, opponents: can you honestly imagine no act so horrible, so hideous, so cruel, so inhuman that the perp does not deserve to be removed wholly and permanently from the rest of us? And no, as we have seen again, and again, and again, and again, no matter what judicial decision, no matter what "qualifiers" and "limits" are written in, a living perp always has a chance, via legal or illegal means, to be back among us. And our kids.
FTA: Bloodworth... was convicted on flimsy evidence of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl. He was eventually cleared by DNA evidence, but not before the state fiercely resisted him at every step of the way. Since he walked free, he has campaigned to abolish the death penalty in every state where it is still prescribed.
Bad? Absolutely. But the problem isn´t the so-called death penalty, but really bad [and bad-faith] work by gov´t. Not that that happens a lot, right?
#4: Why hit SS for bad acts by those in the judicial system? Why should they get a pass?
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Detroit — A former medical center chief defeated a county sheriff to become the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit, though the job holds little power while the city is being run by a state-appointed emergency manager. Unofficial returns showed Mike Duggan defeating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55 percent to 45 percent. Napoleon conceded defeat late Tuesday in a race where Duggan outspent him by about 3-to-1 heading into Tuesday´s election. Both candidates said during the campaign that the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, should leave the city and allow the new mayor to fix Detroit´s finances when he takes office
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Problems appear to already be happening on election day in Virginia. Two callers from Loudoun County called into WMAL´s Morning´s on the Mall radio show and told hosts Larry O´Connor and Brian Wilson that the electronic validation system across the county was down when they showed up to go vote. Warner from Lovettsville said, "I got to the polls about 6:15 and the parking lot was packed and I go in and there are about hundred people in line and come to find out that the electronic system to validate voters is down. They didn´t have the printed voter registration list
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It’s now a matter of bipartisan consensus that President Obama should have been more honest and forthright in selling his health-care plan. Here is the transcript of the speech he never gave: Hello, St. Paul! It is so good to be back in the great state of Minnesota. Go Gophers! [We love you!] I love you back! [Stomping, cheers.] I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been talking about health-care reform a little lately. [Laughter.] I want to set the record straight on a few things today. Republicans are out there scaring folks, and saying that they’ll lose their insurance. [Boos, jeers.]
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Pope Francis wants action against modern forms of slavery including forced labour and prostitution, the Vatican said Monday after a meeting of experts called by the pontiff to debate the problem. Dozens of academics, doctors and clerics were hosted by the Vatican to discuss issues close to the pope´s heart, including the struggle against organ trafficking and people smuggling. "Some experts believe human trafficking will overtake drug and arms trafficking in a decade, becoming the most lucrative criminal activity in the world," Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told reporters. Sorondo said the pope was heavily invested in a
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