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Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:06 AM The death penalty.    

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Today in my home state of Georgia they are set to execute a death row inmate for shooting a off-duty police officer in 1989. There is very mixed emotions on the execution but it has been 20 years since the inmate was found guilty. Should they carry out the sentence?

Story in the local news.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:18 AM The death penalty.    

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I also have mixed feelings about the death penalty.
with prisons being so full, I say this.
If someone is caught red-handed committing such a crime I waver on this. We had a man at work, gun down his girlfriend in the street,shot her in the head, then the heart with a different gun, 3 times. absolutely premeditated, witnesses (including a newsman) , and admitted to. He is spending life in prison. She left behind 2 young children.

Who is walking now days?
In the case of Casey Anthony, I was never for the death penalty, but for severe punishment.

It is not an easy thing for most to think about.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:54 AM The death penalty.    

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The death penalty is the ultimate violation of human rights and the right to life.

Who are we to decide who lives and who dies? This makes us no better than the killer. We become killers as well, only we attach some self-righteous judicial crap on our reason to kill.

I don't care what the person did, we are exacting revenge in the name of justice.

I am not religious, right or left wing......but there are so many reasons not to judge and kill.

Sorry, Germany has abolished the death penalty. I was raised to believe it to be inhumane.

If we kill the wrong person....should we then be put to death as well for killing an innocent person?

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Sep 21, 2011 @ 10:58 AM The death penalty.    

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I'm not in favor of the death penalty and in this particular case when so many of the witnesses have recanted their testimony, it would be a travesty for Georgia to execute this man, but there are too many people (unfortunately some sitting in governor's offices) who are filled with blood lust. When I lived in VA, it always seemed like they were in a race to catch up with FL and TX in the great American execution race.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 11:17 AM The death penalty.    

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If we kill the wrong person....should we then be put to death as well for killing an innocent person?

Interesting question.
It is after all murder.
something to think about.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 11:45 AM The death penalty.    

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Scary news from Texas...during the last Republican primary for governor, when Kay Bailey Hutchison challenged Rick Perry, Hutchison's advisors commissioned a focus group to look at how Perry's execution of an innocent man, Cameron Todd Willingham, might play as a campaign issue. Hutchison's campaign managers were stunned to receive this from one member of the focus group:

“It takes balls to execute an innocent man.”

This is the type of blood lust that has transformed parts of our country and not for the better.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:01 PM The death penalty.    

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We discussed this at length in some now deleted threads.

Would your opinion change if that person had killed your spouse? Parent? 2 year old child?
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:43 PM The death penalty.    

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It may sound strange coming from me, but I have mixed thoughts on the subject.

Where there is a possibility of no 100% zero chance there ever could be any death penalty.

However.... When there is ABSOLUTE 100% certainty of guilt.......I would take it even further.

The perp should be executed in EXACTLY THE SAME WAY THEY KILLED THEIR VICTIM !!

Stabbed, baseball bat, shooting, concrete block, stomping, I don't care. They will have chosen their method of execution, by their very act.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 1:23 PM The death penalty.    

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Interesting Dave...I always favored having them 'try to escape' but your method sounds even better - but executioners would have to be voluntary. I've always felt that if someone had killed somebody I loved, I'd like to make it a 'do it myself' execution.

As you say though, it would have to be a 100% certainty though, beyond any doubt as opposed to beyond any reasonable doubt, otherwise the death penalty shouldn't be on the table.

JMHO as usual.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 1:55 PM The death penalty.    

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I don't care if they killed my spouse, child or whomever.....I don't believe in killing in return, it's nothing more than revenge.

What really gets me is that every state has different laws regarding the death penalty. Either make it the same everywhere or abolish altogether.

I am for punishment.

I always thought of giving the prisoner an option to kill themselves was a good idea. Either be locked up for life or kill yourself.

This may sound odd as well, but I also think that locking a criminal up in a small cell for years on end, accomplishes nothing. It turns them into my eyes. I would rather see a large isle where they have to fend for themselves with no escape ......kinda like the movie "Escape from L.A."
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 4:08 PM The death penalty.    

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First you have to say that it is ok to kill another human being. All other arguments aside.

War=Abortion=Death Penalty

I never understood how someone could be for one and against another. To me, killing is killing.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 5:46 PM The death penalty.    

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Unfortunately, there are some folks in this world that just need a good killing.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 8:41 PM The death penalty.    

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yes I do believe in it. Matter of fact, if one of my loved ones was murdered, then I would want to be the person pulling the switch.
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Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:07 PM The death penalty.    

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Troy Davis execution delayed

I do not know all of the facts of the case. This is the first I've heard of it. If, as I read in the article that some witnesses have recanted their testimony, and, a possible confession from another suspect, then I hope the court is very thorough in reviewing this case.

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Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:47 PM The death penalty.    

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it's a lot like sex.

Once you get past the first time,,, it's easier.

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Sep 21, 2011 @ 11:20 PM The death penalty.    

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Troy Davis execution delayed

blue...did you read the article by chance?

Here's what it says:

The court's decision to deny the stay came without comment after 10 p.m. ET, more than three hours after Davis' execution originally was scheduled today.

The execution now is expected to occur by approximately 11 p.m. ET.

As of about 15-20 minutes ago...his execution is forgoing...

Update: Davis' time of death...11:08 EST.

[Edited on 9/21/2011 11:49 PM]
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 1:47 AM The death penalty.    

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Concerning this Davis execution, if Davis was indeed innocent, we in America have blood on our hands, those who are supporting the execution of human beings, that is.

I don't support the murder of human beings in any way, shape, or form. It's wrong and I'm firmly against it. I don't think we have the right to play God with other people's lives. If we screw up and execute one innocent, we've destroyed human life and we can't bring that back once it's been taken. No amount of apologies or retribution will change that kind of mistake.

If Davis didn't murder the cop, he just died for no reason. He was MURDERED by the justice system and the people in this nation that vote for and support this kind of mixed message barbarism.

I'm very passionately against killing human beings, in any way; thus I don't support abortion, the death penalty, and am against war ... except when there is no other way to handle a matter and we must defend ourselves, protect our own liberty or assist our allies in the same.
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 2:10 AM The death penalty.    

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Davis has had since 1992 to "prove" his innocense, and failed to provide any...even the recanted witnesses didn't come forward until several appeals later. After the murder of the officer, Davis drove to Atlanta and turned himself in at the police station for the shootings and confessed.
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 7:13 AM The death penalty.    

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I never read up on this particular case, but it is too late now, for him, anyway
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 9:46 AM The death penalty.    

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Looks like they had another execution in Texas...This incident was truely a bad case of that disabled black man being dragged from a truck down a dirt road in Jasper, where his body parts were left in front of the cemetary. It's been a nightmare for people in that town, now to them, Byrd and his family have received their justice...
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