Monday, March 21, 2011

What do you think about the death penalty? My thoughts below

Ohio executes inmate using new, single-drug method for death penalty
Thirty-four states, including Virginia and Maryland, allow capital punishment. All use lethal injection, and, until recently, most had used a three-drug cocktail: sodium thiopental to render the condemned unconscious, pancuronium bromide to paralyze the prisoner and potassium chloride to stop the heart. They can no longer get their hands on it. What do you think about the death penalty? My thoughts below

   states with the death penalty

 Alabama            Missouri                                                 
Arizona              Montana
Arkansas           Nebraska
California            Nevada
Colorado            New Hampshire
Connecticut         North Carolina
Delaware           Ohio
Florida               Oklahoma                                                                                                
Georgia              Oregon
Idaho                 Pennsylvania
Indiana              South Carolina
Kansas              South Dakota
Kentucky          Tennessee
Louisiana          Texas
Maryland          Utah
Mississippi        Virginia
        US military
        US Government

States now without the death penalty

New Jersey     
New Mexico    
New York  
North Dakota
Rhode Island
West Virginia 

Dist. of Colombia 

If you read my stories in the past on this including yesterday you know I have mixed feelings on the death penalty. Often times a person may be arrested and sentenced to death knowing they were innocent just to further someone's career or to quell the public. Now that we have DNA testing we are finding too often we have the wrong man. We have seen it too often

I do believe the death penalty is justified as in the case of the Fort Hood shootings and the Jared Loughner shootings where they shoot be put to death immediately with no trial. They should not have a venue to plead their case. Sane or insane they did it wantonly and publicly, that is all that matters. Cases like those aside I am no longer comfortable with the death penalty being justified because of the horror of the crime because we can not be certain we have the right person unless we actually see them do it.

James Joiner
Garner, Ma


Weaseldog said...

As time goes on, I'm finding myself increasingly in the anti-death penalty camp.

Not because I'm against putting down serial killers and the like. No, because our civil servants who are charged with upholding justice and the rule of law, are becoming increasing bold in their rejection of said principles.

The fish rots from the head, as they say.

Washington has become thoroughly corrupt and the corruption is spreading throughout the governmental systems.

When the FBI admits that they are catching terrorists, by the following plan...

1. Hatching a plot.
2. Finding a mentally ill man.
3. Coercing that man into carrying out the plot.
4. Providing money, training and materials to carry out the plot.
5. Then busting the man for trying to carry out the FBI plot.

I am feeling a strong sense of disgust.

Entrapment is a crime. But I guess an FBI agent would justify entrapment by showing me how crime does pay and how he makes hundreds of thousands a year on the taxpayer dime, committing felonies.

In a world where there are not enough terrorists to justify a huge law enforcement population, perhaps the only way to keep these budgets growing is entrapment. Perhaps Agents have to become terrorists and betray the rule of law in order to get job promotions?

an average patriot said...

Wease I agree with you 100% the whole thing is stinking to me. I think it should only be applicable when it is open and shut like Loughner.

One Fly said...

No body is right or wrong here. Cut and dried like in Tucson I say go for it too. Like you bring up Wdog there are too many that are just not guilty. This process is totally whored out like most other things.

Our mores have changed so much in respect to killing. Our society is having a love affair with killing.