venue35 saidI was just reading about this guy who was sentenced to death in utah for killing and raping an 11 yo girl.
This was many years ago though...1996.
Isn't sentencing one to death murder as well??
This seems to be the honest answer for me..
Aren't we committing the same crime when sentencing one to death????
Hell no! Some people simply do not deserve to live. The state is not committing a crime in punishing criminals, as long as the accused had a fair trial and actually committed the crime. Lynchings cannot be condoned, but killers should be killed. It is too bad that the American justice system takes so many years to get around to the execution.
In your example, that 11 year old girl is still raped and dead. Why should her killer be alive?
You don't think killers should be killed. So we give a free pass to the butchers who sawed the heads off ISIS kidnap victims? To the Boston bombers? All the war criminals that were hung after World War II, should be in comfy prison cells, writing and distributing their memoirs?
In my opinion, the death penalty as now imposed (putting people to sleep, like a sick dog) is way too merciful. There ought to be a much more terrifying means of execution. AND executions ought to be public (or at least televised).