"That's what leads me to oppose the death penalty. The funny thing is that a lot of death penalty advocates are the same people who think that the government is too incompetent to provide social security and health care. But they don't see a problem with the same incompetent government killing people.
But if I had more faith in the courts, I wouldn't have any problem with capital punishment at all."
What say you, death penalty supporters who also hate big government?
The hyperactive zeal of prosecutors to convict the guy they suspect (instead of seeking the actual truth) and the way they fight overturning convictions are the reasons I oppose the death penalty.
It's not like the defense attorneys are in search of the truth. Seems that DAs must run to the opposite corner of the ring, or lose far more often.
September 10th, 2006 8:26pm
I'm opposed to the death penalty.
It seems that prison systems (pretty much worldwide) are hellish societies-within-societies where people rape each other, kill and torment each other, diseases are spread, etc. under the watchful eyes of the guards.
Giving someone a lifelong prison sentence instead of a death sentence ... and then dropping them into that sort of situation doesn't seem right either.
September 10th, 2006 10:18pm
Didn't a recent Illinois governor run on a platform of being tough on law and order (with more death penalty) get so disgusted/outraged over the stupid shit that went on, and the mad number of cases tossed due to misconduct, that he put a moratorium on it? Did he commute all the sentences (to life) too?
September 11th, 2006 11:13am
"number of cases tossed due to misconduct"
IIRC, they weren't tossed due to misconduct. They were tossed because new evidence showed that the defendant was in fact innocent. When the Governor found out that HALF THE PEOPLE ON DEATH ROW were in fact innocent, he put a moratorium on the death penalty.
I also think he lost the next election.