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  •  Jeffs should be let die (0+ / 0-)

    even if it is what he wants. It's the surest way to tarnish his aura with his flock -- someone will figure out how weak and cowardly he really was. Keeping him on life support is, IMO, a waste of money.

    About those children who kill: I knew one. She was eight years old. She shot her stepfather because it was the only way she could stop him from strangling her (pregnant) mother. She is not, in my book, a murderer. The state of Missouri thought she acted in self-defense -- or at least the county prosecutor in the county we lived in the year after the moon landing thought so, and did not prefer charges. What her stepfather's family thought, I won't repeat; suffice it to say the remains of that family moved away --  I don't know where to, but I know it was out of the "Four State" area. Might have been somewhere around Phoenix. My dad helped gather up the money from the auction of all the farm equipment, and see to it that the money went to the widow.
    The farm went back to the bank.

    Jeffs, Howells, Dahmer ... yep. I'd say that level of child-rape is in and of itself the stuff of which capital crimes are made.

     I'm not going to excuse Jeffs on the basis of his "culture" or "religion" -- and nor will I so excuse Howells (aka David Koresh of the Waco siege) -- that's a false God they're worshipping and trying to draw others into worshipping, and you'd better believe they knew it -- otherwise why build compounds and coerce their victims into keeping secret what they did?

    Dahmer was preying on a much younger person. That's not the same thing as your married couple. You cite the infamous teacher who had children by the boy she molested. I'll city Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Sometimes years aren't as important as we think -- but Kutcher was at least of age to consent, first.

    LeTourneau, I think, should have waited until her beau turned 18.

    LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:13:28 PM PDT

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    •  You're missing the point (0+ / 0-)

      The world isn't as black and white as you like to think it is and you're ignoring the multitude of exceptions to your rules.

      I agree Jeffs, Dahmer, and Howell are monsters, however they are the exception rather than the rule. There will always be people like them in the world. There is no sure way we can predict the future behavior of anyone. Steven Spielberg explored a world where people were arrested and convicted of future crimes in his movie Minority Report. It shows the flaws of predicting the future and even the most foolproof system can be wrong.

      There is no such thing as a perfect system therefore we should not be sentencing people to an irreversible punishment like death when all we need to do is lock them up for the rest of their lives. You cannot bring an unjustly killed innocent man back to life but you can correct a mistakenly convicted man who has been given a life sentence by freeing him and compensating him for the wrong perpetrated against him.

      That is why I'm against the death penalty. Life imprisonment without possibility of parole is sufficient to protect society from the worst of the monsters while providing a means for the wrongfully convicted to go back to the lives.

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

      by Cali Techie on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 07:00:12 AM PDT

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