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  •  This diary should have a poll (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    about whether is is more or less egregious than executing an innocent person.

    You know, for those amongst us who care to rank this type of thing . ..

    •  Ruben Bolling has drawn several cartoons (1+ / 0-)
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      that touch on this in his Tom the Dancing Bug series.

      Here's one.

      I oppose the use of the death penalty in our "justice" system, period, in all circumstances. The fact that those who support it usually make exceptions (at least theoretically) for mental incapacity proves only that for them, capital punishment is not about or for anything but retribution and punishment of people able to understand what is happening to them. The criminal justice system certainly is not designed to rehabilitate criminals. Nor is it designed to protect the rest of society from them. It also certainly isn't designed to be cheap for taxpayers. It isn't even designed to be just (as incredibly disparate sentencing for comparable crimes shows). It is a money-driven system enabled both by apathy and by power fantasies of control and retribution against "bad" people we fear.

      This man's mental incapacity makes him no less dangerous or guilty of the crime he was convicted of committing than a person who committed similar crimes as an Ivy League graduate. If I supported capital punishment, his lack of reasoning ability would be, for me, no bar to executing him. However, the law prohibiting his execution on grounds of incapacity would be, as I am usually a fairly law-abiding type, even when the laws are ones with which I disagree. As for the exceptions to that "usually", well, it's not as if you can call executing people the law says you cannot acts of civil disobedience.

      Then again, to be such a person in the first place I'd almost have to be vengeful enough to overlook the error rate in convictions in capital cases and the higher cost to society of capital sentences and perhaps I would be the sort of criminal who breaks the law he is supposedly attempting to uphold.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
      --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

      by leftist vegetarian patriot on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:59:52 PM PDT

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