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Main Motorcycle: Speed Four
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hampshire, England
Other Motorcycle: HMS ThunderAce
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Mmmmmm hello peeps what was the OP question again?
Lee, you might find it interesting to note that California, the flagship state of the liberals, just voted to keep it's death penalty.
Now personally, I voted to get rid of it. But not on any moral grounds, more as a practical matter. Of the 400-odd convicts we have on death row, almost none of them will ever actually get the needle. I think we've only actually executed a handful since reinstating the penalty around '79 or so (?). Most end up dieing of natural causes in prison anyway, and it is estimated we would save over $100,000,000 a year if we simply changed them all to life without parole.
Further, I really question whether anybody considering committing first degree murder thinks 'well, I would but for the death penalty...'. I doubt very much they give the consequences of their actions much thought at all.
And yes, there is the odd case where a man is found guilty only to be exonerated many years later and set free. Rare, certainly, but not unheard of.
Further, I would think a life of solitary confinement with nope hope of parole may well be worse than death. Certainly it would be for some.
The only real plus I can see would be in a DA using the threat of the death penalty to extract confession or plea bargain though again I don't know how often that sort of thing really takes place.
So while I don't have a moral objection to the death penalty, I'm not really sure it makes sense when considered purely on a logical level instead of an emotional one where revenge is a strong motive.
All that aside, that the killer in this particular case got such a light sentence is utterly incomprehensible.
As for W and any war crimes......it's best I not go down that path. That way lies banishment!
Having read all this. I'd have to say I agree with those who suggested that executing people is not easy and those who call for it would likely as not be able to actually carry out the deed.
I question the comment I read to the effect that he only did what others are thinking. Murdering other people's children!!!!!!! FFS!
Personally I think the best punishment for this guy would be the one he has now but with no parole. And most of all stop discussing him, printing newspaper articles about him, even thinking about him. Lock him up, throw the key away, forget about him. Deny him the platform for his twisted idiotic views that notoriety and the media give him.
Excellent...no parole...no access to press...no ability to write or publish stories..create an abyss denying any contact period..
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