Monday, January 28, 2008

Death Penalty Re-Visitied 1/28/08

I have long supported the death penalty but my continued study of this penalty has caused me to state that while I still support it under certain conditions, trial costs and enfocement of the death penalty has become far too expensive. Review the case in Georgia where a murderer named Brian Nichols shot a judge and a reporter while making an escape, killed two more people while stealing cars and taking a hostage. Unfortunately, as what usually happens in a "cut and dried" case like this, where the prosecution sought the death penalty, the law permitted the testimony of "experts" and appeals to drag the case out for years nearly bankrupting some communities. The county has already paid out $1.2 million in legal fees and a jury hasn't even been selected.

This is not uncommon with many sentenced to death able to survive for 10 years or more while tax-wasting appeal after appeal is filed. In the case of Zacdarias Moussaoui, the 9/11 plotter who survived, an animal that mocked families of the 9/11 victims; read Daniel Henninger "Moussaoui Will Never Rot in Jail" 5/05/06, WSJ; his trial dragged on for years, eventually sentenced to life imprisonment because 3 juror pacifists bought into pity for his dysfunctional childhood, an animal that should have been tried, convicted and be long dead.

Henninger writes "We arrive at the end of these interminable trial circuses of procedural delay and then say "the system works and "justice" has been done. No, it has done damage to the normal idea of justice. He saw the game early on and made a mockery of it. He achieved a two year delay in his trial by demanding to interview al Qaeda detainees. But our moral betters insist that the whole lot of Guantanamo detainees be given access to the same system of justice. They would diminish it and crush justice".

He won't rot in prison. He will be protected, treated more than well and allowed the same rights as any person in our prisons.

In 2005 there were 16,053 cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter nationally. There were 60 executions.

If are laws are so liberal to legally convicted murderers, and we can't execute them without it costing taxpayers millions of dollars, let's sentence them to non-parole solitary confinement and free up our courts, officers and defense attorneys to give fair trails to all the rest where there may be many legitimate questions of major offense guilt.

Many pacifists feel so sorry for these legally tried and convicted killers that they cannot believe we would remove them forever from all of this society. Wait until this country is taken over by radical Islam and their believers, if you read, view and listen thoroughly and carefully, you will know it is possible.

It is my firm belief that today's permissive, pacifist and wimpy society will eventually destroy this country.

If any of the present Democrat, and a Republican or two, candidates are elected to the presidency, a strong push will be given this country in that direction.

1 comment:

ben said...

If the courts always convicted the right person, I'd be much more in the 'eye for an eye' camp. Unfortunately, we don't always get things right.

I think the death penalty should only be used in cases where the criminal is able to continue committing crimes from within prison or is a proven and unstoppable escape risk. In all other cases, the death penalty is petty vengeance. On the other hand, I think 'suicide watches' are often a waste of time. If a guy wants to off himself, why stop him?