bm232 Developments on the Death Penalty

Putting a show together lately has been a very frustrating struggle. In this edition I look at the recent developments related to the death penalty in the United States. My sources include the American Bar Association, the Christian Science Monitor and SCOTUS blog.

No notes as I would hope you would listen, something very significant is indeed taking place regarding the use of the death penalty throughout the US.

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  • November 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm
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    Yo home boy – good show. I’ve got some crappy data base stuff to do at my p/t job so I’m going to be listening in and frequently leaving obnoxious comments.

    It’s amazing to see the death penalty debate change drastically over the past few years. It really all started when DNA testing became more available and the governor of Illinois (a republican I believe) communed the sentences of every death row inmate in the state, he was even on Oprah.

    While the theoretical legal and moral arguments will always be debated it’s very difficult for death penalty supporters to argue that the most sever punishment the state can inflict on its citizen is even handed and accurate.

    Who was it that said; they would rather see 100 guilty go free than put an innocent man to death? Was that Earl Warren?

    Anyway the reason why the case is before the SCOTUS is that new scientific evidence believes that the mix of chemicals used to kill an inmate actually causes sever pain before death and therefore making it “cruel and unusual” 8th – Amendment to the Bill of Rights

    (a) Me the good Catholic has always believed that the taking of a life is wrong
    (b) Me the pragmatist can not support a method of punishment that has proven to be unequal
    (c) Though, the political theorist in me has considered; that the state should reserve the right inflict the greatest punishment on a perpetrator of the most heinous acts committed against its citizens. Could the social contract between a state and its citizens be weakened if the state is unable to act as an agent of the citizens’ desire for revenge? Would the lack of a death penalty lead to more vigilantism?

    • November 8, 2007 at 12:52 am
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      Word D — isnt there some stastic in the book of famous stastics that says crimes of passion happen without thought of punishment? So then with or without dp.. people seek out revenge? Hmm maybe revenge and crimes of passion arent in the same category.
      Still.. I think the nation, one more arguement to add to your list, has already tried things with the DP.. so its time to, one might say, try things out without having a DP and then maybe they can compare.. if they really want to.

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