Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Killing the Harmless

What purpose does executing a blind, deaf, infirm 76 year old man serve?  It doesn’t make us any safer, the punishment is so far removed from the crime that deterrence is a weak argument.  Vengeance?  For whom?  The victims are dead – the immediate relatives are far removed as well.  

I see absolutely no benefit from capital punishment and the risks from using it inappropriately are huge.  It’s time just to end this anachronism.

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