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I will always contend that Legal Murder has made us a very violent nation but partial thanks should go to Gun Enthusiasts' Leaders and the NRA’s power to claim it's OK to shoot first and ask questions later. We will never extinguish violence as long as we promote that kind of mindset.


Clayton Lockett

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (referring to execution by beheading).

Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies, as a punishment for criminals, and political or religious dissidents. Historically, the carrying out of the death sentence was often accompanied by torture, and executions were most often public.

Currently 58 nations actively practice capital punishment, 98 countries have abolished it de jure for all crimes, 7 have abolished it for ordinary crimes only (maintain it for special circumstances such as war crimes), and 35 have abolished it de facto (have not used it for at least ten years and/or are under moratorium). Amnesty International considers most countries abolitionist; overall, the organisation considers 140 countries to be abolitionist in law or practice. About 90% of all executions in the world take place in ASIA.


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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:45:22 AM PDT

  •  After committing murder it is (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Involuntary Exile

    acceptable to segregate them from doing further harm to society. Isolating them for decades ensuring the slow torure of insanity. And then murdering them, at times like this gruesomely, is nothing short of barbaric.

  •  Our entire nation is borne of and bred for (0+ / 0-)

    violence. The "death penalty" is not (sadly) viewed as a shame, but rather a point of pride. Frontier justice. Good ol' American retribution. America IS violence. It defines our politics, our law enforcement, our justice, our foreign policy.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

    by pajoly on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28:05 AM PDT

  •  Abolition would aid victims' friends and families. (0+ / 0-)

    I can tell you from personal experience (one friend was illegally killed by a drunk with a champagne bottle whose murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal, another was tortured to death by a serial killer) that the end of a trial in which a life sentence is given provides a form of "closure".

    There is none of the anguish over whether or not a killer will be executed which in this case extended over 13 years. It enables the families and friends to grieve properly and move on with their lives without having to campaign for vengence or, in rare cases, forgiveness.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45:29 AM PDT

  •  Sister Helen Prejean is right (0+ / 0-)

    Sister Helen Prejean spoke several years ago when I was in Houston on business.  The U of H Law School invited her to speak, and while I had been previously willing to think that the state killing in all our names was justifiable in some cases, I came away with a very different view.  There may also be videos of some of her talks, but she is one of the most quietly persuasive people I have ever encountered.  In short, we do not have to kill even murderers.  The killing diminishes each of us as beings, not to mention ending the person's life.  And there are better options, both for the accused and convicted, the victims' families, and society.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:51:41 AM PDT

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