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  •  Sure (0+ / 0-)

    In several cases (usually murder), people have committed crimes so grave, that they forfeit their right to live.

    Would Adam Lanza deserve to die?

    •  No. (5+ / 0-)

      Sorry, the death penalty is just state sponsored revenge killing.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 02:13:17 PM PDT

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    •   Two problems, assuming we are limiting (0+ / 0-)

      to the very, very obviously guilty without a shadow of a doubt. The prisoner has to be put to death by other humans. That is a much bigger psychological burden than most people realize.

      It is really expensive. CA had a repeal vote last Nov, the proponents campaign involved how many nurses, teachers and first responders could be hired for the amount of money spent on appeals. Former SO is a lawyer in Oakland whose practice has primarily been defending CA death row inmates. It's long, expensive, and pointless.

      There are some, Dahmer, Lanza, and Holmes, who because of the children involved, would be at risk in the general prison population. I've always wondered who decided Dahmer should be working with other inmates. Protecting those inmates is possible. I'm sure Sandusky is. A lot of the mass killers seem to be wiping out the possibility of incarceration or the death penalty with suicide.

      Right now I am really peeved with the prosecutors for Holmes playing politics over the offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life/no parole sentence. We have another case of a very young guy who murdered and dismembered a 10 year old last fall. He confessed when he surrendered. Haven't heard anymore of the proceedings there.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 09:24:05 AM PDT

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