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The death penalty is
not what it used to be

Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 2/8/2013 9:57:22 AM

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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/8/2013 10:10:17 AM     (No. 9165461)

The death penalty is a celebration of life.

Because we value life and innocence, we cry out for justice. We demand the death penalty.

This is exactly why death penalty proponents are against abortion on demand.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stevendm, 2/8/2013 10:14:02 AM     (No. 9165472)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/8/2013 10:33:17 AM     (No. 9165522)

It should be public to be most effective as a deterrent.

Jan. 1 every year:

90 AM all executions carried out in public.

120 Noon: All taxes paid in cash or face imprisonment.

30 PM Vote for all open offices.

No "Witholding".

No refunds.

I call it: Transparency.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fleetusa, 2/8/2013 10:37:24 AM     (No. 9165534)

Actually I´ve converted from being pro-death penalty to being con.

HOWEVER, no death penalty means life in prison - hard time: no TV, no library, no gym, mediocre food, minimal a/c, no spousal visits.

AND if DNA later proves you innocent, you´re put on SS immediately retroactive to the time of arrest.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: abiner, 2/8/2013 11:40:46 AM     (No. 9165663)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 2/8/2013 11:54:54 AM     (No. 9165697)

´Life without parole´...Right.

From Wral.com:

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.

Lovette was 17 at the time of Carson´s death.

End quote.

Eve Carson was unavailable for comment.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/8/2013 1:58:08 PM     (No. 9165945)

Texas has the death penalty. So murderers should move their activities elsewhere.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: veritas, 2/8/2013 2:27:30 PM     (No. 9166013)

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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