Well, after all these horrible murders of children the last few weeks and that horrible story out of Houston regarding the young lady that was murdered and dismembered by her jealous boyfriend I found myself having the discussion regarding the “Death Penalty” with one of my friends.
He believes that all child molesters should get the death penalty, unequivocally, everyone. This led us to a discussion regarding justice. My position is simply this; that our criminal justice system is to corrupt and subject to manipulation by many social political realities such as: race, class and degree of wealth to be trusted to meet out the ultimate punishment.
Don’t get me wrong, I named myself after a guy who executed a bad guy by pushing his hand through his skull http://members.cox.net/psychopracter/images/ICBA1.jpg so I am not against the death penalty because I have a particular disagreement with killing someone who is guilty of a heinous crime, no, it is just that with our system killing someone innocent is quite possible.
This link shows people freed from death row because of DNA evidence or other review of evidence: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?scid=6&did=109 I notice a lot of black faces in this group.
I brought this information to my friend, and he just said he didn’t care. He figures, they were guilty of something more than likely. And I thought “I” was scary. We have an old saying in the Marine Corps, “It’s always funny till it happens to you”. I don’t know about my friend, but I believe the system is corrupt enough to lock up the wrong person, a person they know is innocent, but for the sake of “vengeance” or to look good for the media, they will prosecute and even execute the wrong man or woman. I’d hate to be that person.
What do you all think?