Capital Punishment And . . . Scientific Evidence (July 12, 2010)
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P “There are times when it is hard not to conclude that a person has forfeited his right to stay in the pack and instead should be placed on an ice floe.”
C “Seems that we are running out of ice floes.”
P “The reaction to a reprehensible crime may be emotional, yet it is a human response. There are some crimes that are so heinous that death seems appropriate and necessary. And yet too much about the death penalty seems wrong.”
C “And expensive. The cost of reaching a final judgment without any additional appeals is substantial. The mere cost of litigation concerns me and others.”
P “Those costs are in part driven up by those who oppose capital punishment.”
C “The old litmus test in politics has been resolved by resorting to . . . this is hard to believe . . . scientific evidence. DNA evidence carried the day. The sea change in the public support for the death penalty occurred after a critical mass of the public accepted the mounting DNA evidence exonerating many of those individuals who had been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death.”
P “Only carbon dating is more readily accepted by the public.”
C “For more than a century, capital punishment was part of the private sector-public sector partnership of terrorism inflicted on Blacks and the underclass.”
P “I have no doubt that the legal system is far too imperfect to believe that it can condemn someone to death with any accuracy. Yet there are some individuals who have committed unimaginable crimes and are beyond redemption.”
C “The problem is that the legal system too often simply cannot identify the right individual who has done wrong.”
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Bumper sticker of the week:
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth only leaves one blind and toothless.