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View Diary: The Ghost of George Stinney, Jr.: How The Justice System Hasn't Evolved As Much As You Think (20 comments)

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  •  I realize that you are not here to question... (6+ / 0-)

    capital punishment but, allow me to say that justice has never been equal when it comes to death penalty cases. Both race and wealth determine how you will be treated in almost any court but, without a death penalty we (as you point out) at least have a chance of rectifying some errors in capital cases. Juveniles should never stand trial if there is a chance of the death penalty being imposed, then again, neither should anyone else, in my opinion.

    •  The way I have heard it put is: (0+ / 0-)

      The death penalty is an option, but not a mandated, compelled punishment. It is not required by law for all cases meeting certain criteria.
      As long as it is an option and not a mandate, it will continue to be applied unevenly and often to those already disadvantaged. And I doubt many would advocate for mandatory death penalties.
      Thus, the death penalty is inherently unjust.

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