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  •  Excellent diary, FWIW ~ (7+ / 0-)

    It's interesting to note that support for the death penalty has gone down ~ I just heard a report on the radio before reading your diary that this year executions in this country were also down, (53 for the year) and are expected to decrease even more next year.

    Without a doubt, the thing that is most unfair and morally wrong with the Death Penalty is the execution of an innocent person.  As of February 2006, one hundred twenty three (123) people have been found innocent and released from death row, according to Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). The criteria used to establish this claim is that the defendants must have been convicted and sentenced to death, and subsequently:

    I think it is this most of all, that has caused support to drop. The 'Innocence Project' imo, is one of the most worthwhile efforts to stop this practice which often is, as you say, unfairly used against the poor, and as we now know, the innocent.

    This latest gruesome story from Florida should further diminish support for it ~ it's sad to see the company we are in ~

    •  Unfortunately, I've heard some people I know (3+ / 0-)
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      say that finding out who is innocent before they're executed means that the system is working and that innocent people are less likely to be executed. I highly doubt that's true, but that's how proponents will spin it.

      May all your pickles be bright.

      by Light Emitting Pickle on Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 01:55:21 PM PST

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      •  Except that we don't now how many (3+ / 0-)

        innocent people have already been executed. The focus hasn't been on those already gone. It is on those on death row, for obvious reasons. But there have been some very questionable executions that we know of.

        Sad that justice is so unimportant to some people. Their instinct for revenge takes over their reasoning powers ~ just so long as it 'feels good' seems to be their standard.

      •  System Working? (1+ / 0-)
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        That is a right-wing talking point, but it doesn't hold up when you compare it to any other human activities.

        Let's say you're a manufacturer, and a defect got through your inspection procedure. Now you have to issue a product recall. That's a failure, not a success.

        Let's say that you have a sprinkler system in a building, and there is a fire, but the sprinklers don't go off. The fire department arrives, and puts out the fire before the building is destroyed. That's a failure, not success.

        A defect in an airliner goes undetected until it causes a near-disaster on flight. Despite the fact that the pilot got the plane to the ground with no loss of life, it's still a failure, not success.

        Catching a failure before the impact of the failure causes catastrophic results is still a failure.

        Dick Cheney shot a guy in the face, but the guy lived. That's a hunting failure, not a success.

        It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

        by A Citizen on Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 05:14:41 PM PST

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    •  Thanks, Catrina ... (2+ / 0-)
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      I decided aginst including the latest news from Florida and California because I think the Death Penalty is wrong above and beyond the "cruel and unusual punishment" arguments.

      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein

      by FWIW on Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 01:55:46 PM PST

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      •  I agree with you, FWIW, it is wrong imo ~ (1+ / 0-)
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        The reason I mentioned it was because of the news report I heard just before I read your diary. Florida seems to have a real problem with their executions. Jeb Bush is supposedly going to conduct an investigation into what happened.

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