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Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

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  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/md-poised-18th-state-ban-death-penalty-085739152.html
     
  2. tattered

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    Now how are Greggs and McNulty gonna get guys in Barksdale's crew to roll
     
  3. Ballbuster1

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    That's nice. Good to see we'll keep some useless
    piece of shit murderer alive for no reason.
     
  4. Sinn Fein

    Sinn Fein Infidel and White Interloper
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    I'm glad I moved down south. I realize more and more each day how much I belong here.
     
  5. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    Get rid of it. No matter how much a person deserves to die, it's fucked up to legally empower one's fellow man with the authority to decide whether that person lives or dies. The only exception should be things like genocide trials and cases where execution was requested by the defendant (I'm pro-assisted suicide/euthanasia).
     
  6. Begbie

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    Ones who commit premeditated, deliberate, and willful murder on another human being(s) shall ultimately meet the same fate. Not like this makes a big difference in Maryland anyway. Only 5 people have been put to death in that state in 1976...the last coming in 2005.

    We have to learn to stop catering to criminals. We're just making it easier and easier for them. They don't have to worry about getting a bullet to their heads when we're disarming law-abiding citizens...and now we want to make the guarantee that they'll always have a roof over their heads and have meals prepared for them for the balance of their pathetic, wasted lives, with no fear of termination. Sure, that's sending the right message. :rolleyes:

    I'll put it this way...a law abiding gun-holder could easily shoot to kill some scumbag who maybe shot some innocent lady and has a gun to the head of another. We would typically cheer a story like that. But just because this scumbag was lucky that no one armed was around to interrupt his killing(s)...doesn't mean the scumbag is off the hook and shouldn't lose his life after he's been found guilty. He deserves to die and it should be carried out.
     
  7. Lord Zero

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    What if he's innocent? If he was wrongfully or fraudulently prosecuted, convicted, and put to death, then the state has committed murder, all mistakenly in the name of retribution (which isn't the same thing as justice).
     
  8. Hog's Big Ben

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    If it costs more to kill someone than it does to keep them in prison for ~40 years, then you're doing it wrong.
     
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  9. peewee

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    The death penalty does little to deter criminals and it costs a shit load of money to execute someone. It's nice to have the option but it's not like this is going to really change much.
     
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  10. Hog's Big Ben

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    I'd like to think we're past that now because of changes in the law such as this:

    In 2009, lawmakers tightened the law to reduce the chances of an innocent person being sent to death row by restricting capital punishment to murder cases with biological evidence such as DNA, videotaped evidence of a murder or a videotaped confession.

    There were only 43 death penalty executions in the United States last year. I can't imagine there's too many Negroes being sent up the river these days because of a mistaken glance at a white dame.
     
  11. Lord Zero

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    DNA evidence can be easily misunderstood or misrepresented because most jurors don't actually understand DNA evidence. In fact, most jurors are idiots. Jurors are idiots and local judges are elected by popular vote (are others are simply appointed by their powerful friends); those are the two parties in charge of playing god on the state's behalf in capital murder trials.

    As far as the confessions bit, go read about the West Memphis Three and tell me that's any kind of deterrent. Suspects that are innocent are much more likely to plead guilty when a cop or a prosecutor tells them that they could be put to death if they go to trial and lose.
     
  12. Begbie

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    I'm not trying a man for capital murder when there's enough reasonable doubt that he committed it or that he committed it in self-defense. I'm talking about the rather obvious incidents where there's generally no question who committed these acts, and those do exist. Those same savages also should not have the right to waste taxpayer money with worthless appeals processes.
     
  13. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    You still have the ethical issue of giving the government or even 12 normal normal citizens the authority to revoke life.
     
  14. whiskeyguy

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    I'd only be for using the death penalty in cases where there's conclusive evidence and the crimes were exceptionally bad... such as the Colorado theater shooter. I've always said it's better to make a mistake and allow a guilty person to go free, than to kill/incarcerate an innocent one.

    But I do believe constitutionally someone's life can be revoked once they've gone through due process. However, due process is so expensive and time-consuming these days, that the death penalty is no longer worth it financially or a real deterrent. I would support a more limited appeals process for people convicted beyond any doubt (not just reasonable), again using the Colorado shooter as an example.
     
  15. Hog's Big Ben

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    I guess I'd like to change my response. Don't consider confessions from tards like in the WM3 case to be conclusive (Jessie Misskelley's IQ was 72). Don't consider DNA obtained from a solitary pubic hair in the victim's bed to be conclusive (I could've fucked that bitch the week before she was killed).

    Like Justice Stewart said, "I know it when I see it". I think you know what I mean by an open-and-shut case: something where there's clear video of the crime, or one with a confession containing details only the killer would know, etc.
     
  16. Lord Zero

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    My main point is still that people -- with a some rare non-self-defense exceptions like the Holocaust and the fall of Benito Mussolini -- simply don't have the right to decide the fate of their fellow man unless their lives or rights are at stake.
     
  17. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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    Really? Holy poop that's dumb. And it's still 10 more than his height in inches. Poor bastard.

    If you were at the character creation screen for yourself, and you only had 134 points for the two, how would you distribute them?
     
  18. Hog's Big Ben

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    So if a guy breaks into my house and comes at me with a knife and I put a bullet in his head, it's perfectly fine for me to kill him. But if the same guy breaks into my house and I'm a gunless schmuck that gets stabbed to death but the whole incident is caught on my home surveillance system, the state can't kill him?

    On behalf of my survivors, fuck that.
     
  19. peewee

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    The difference is that someone breaks into your house and is threatening your life you are killing him to save yourself, not as a punishment for breaking into your house. If he kills you and is later arrested the threat is over, killing him at that point is not saving anyone, just punishing him.
     
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  20. Hog's Big Ben

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    Potato, potahto. Fry that bitch. Tell your cute little punishment story to the family of his next victim after he's released because of prison overcrowding or some such horseshit.
     
  21. Lord Zero

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    Two other important things to remember:

    1. The law cannot concern itself with vengeance.

    2. Deciding which murders warrant the death penalty creates a hierarchy of victims.
     
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  22. Hog's Big Ben

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    1. It's not. It's concerning itself with "he won't do that shit again".

    2. How so? Some cases have a mountain of evidence and others barely have any hearsay. That doesn't mean somebody's ranking the victims in some sort of order.

    Let me just give you the simplest possible scenario: a killer videos his murder in crystal-clear HD while a dozen eyewitnesses watch. If that somehow still is not enough evidence for you, just play along for the sake of the argument that it's understood that the killer is 100% guilty. Maybe you're one of the eyewitnesses. Hell, maybe you're the killer.

    Are you still arguing that he should be allowed to live out the rest of his 40 or 50 years? Prison sounds awful, but like O&A say, it just becomes the new normal. He took a life, but he gets three squares a day, gets to watch the prison TV, maybe even earn some cigarette money on the side by doing the prison laundry. There's a percentage of "free" Americans whose standard of living isn't that high. Fry the bitch!
     
  23. peewee

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    Locking someone up for the rest of their life would ensure that he doesn't do that shit again, and it is much cheaper then executing him. I am not against the death penalty for any moral reasons. My objection with it is that it costs a shit load of money, and it doesn't act as a deterrent.
     
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  24. Don the Radio Guy

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    Since when are you concerned with how much something costs?

    I support the death penalty, but there are many problems with the application of it. We need to be 120 percent sure the people we're executing are guilty.
     
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  25. Hog's Big Ben

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    The death penalty itself doesn't cost a shitload of money. The actual execution drugs cost less than $100. The endless appeals and pomp and circumstance surrounding it is what bloats the cost.

    Locking someone up for the rest of their life doesn't ensure anything either. People escape. Sentences get commuted for whatever reason. What if the killer kills someone else in prison? Fry the bitch!
     

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