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  •  two main reasons I oppose the death penalty (2+ / 0-)
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    VeggiElaine, Munchkn

    One, the DP is nothing less than state sponsored cold blooded murder. That means as citizens who have sanctioned it, WE are responsible for every innocent person killed, every guilty person killed while others who committed the same crimes go free because they had a better lawyer or are the right skin color. What civilized healthy society would promote such a twisted thing? The US may be a late great declining empire, but apparently we have never reached the status of "civilized".

    Second, the DP is permanent and final. Innocent? Convicted by a racist jury, hearing false evidence and lies by a greedy prosecutor, overseen by a "Law and Order" hanging judge who wants another notch in his belt to help his re-election?  Too fucking bad, your limited appeals are used up and you're going to die anyway. That is messed up, and it's on all of our heads.

    History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

    by quill on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:10:01 PM PDT

    •  Couldn't agree more (nt) (1+ / 0-)
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      I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

      by VeggiElaine on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:46:36 PM PDT

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    •  You are very right (1+ / 0-)
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      Although a lot of people don't share our distaste for killing in any form. Some people will see most state-sponsored killings as justice, and they either don't know about people like George Stinney, or it's so far in the back of the story that it's only white noise. Furthermore, they don't know about the people who perhaps should have gotten the death penalty, by their own standards, and did not because of the right lawyer/skin tone/etc.

      "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

      by MarthaPeregrine on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:57:18 PM PDT

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      •  it's revenge, not justice (3+ / 0-)
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        Munchkn, qofdisks, VeggiElaine

        In recent years our society has swung from a rehabilitation model for justice, to a conservative old testament style retribution model. I think this got started around Reagan and the "war on Drugs". They always say that executions and more severe punishments are deterrents to crime, but really it's all about taking revenge.

        History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

        by quill on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:07:06 PM PDT

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