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  •  That's really not the point. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Termite, kfunk937

    Any murder is awful. Try telling the family of a victim that the murder of their loved one wasn't so bad and the plea bargain that allowed the murderer to live is just fine with you, because that's what happens most of the time. So what we have is a situation where a few people are executed for murder and the vast majority are not. In my book, you either execute all murderers or none. In 2011, there were over 1000 murders in Texas. So Texas should be executing about 20 people per week. It doesn't. Why? The answer is that the death penalty is a kind of lottery in which a very small number of murderers get the ultimate penalty. This is analogous to being pulled over for speeding and, instead of a fine like 95% of everyone else, you get 5 years in jail. You would likely protest that this was grossly unfair. That's all I am saying. Everyone guilty of the same crime should get the same punishment. That's called justice and the death penalty clearly isn't, no matter what you think of an individual case.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:28:58 PM PDT

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