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The Illusory Value of the Death Penalty

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 10:54 AM
The best thing to happen for America when it comes to capital crimes is for the murderer, rapist, or armed robber, to be caught and killed in the act of committing the crime.
After deciding to pursue the execution of the man charged with fatally shooting 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last summer, the prosecutor declared that "for James Egan Holmes, justice is death." By that definition, he might have added, justice is also highly unlikely.

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler might have resolved this case quickly, simply and inexpensively. Holmes' lawyers say their client would be willing to plead guilty for a sentence of life without parole. But the prosecutor declined.

Not much should be made of this announcement, since he has plenty of time and many reasons to change his mind....