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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

Edward570 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 9:40 AM
The death penalty is essential. We can't afford to warehouse murderers forever . One set of crimes I would really like to see it used is political corruption cases.Any government official convicted of any crime of corruption. Whether local,state or federal deserves the death penalty in the most gruesome painful manor available.That could include being beaten to death,stoned,garroted,buried in the sand at low tide,roasted alive nothing is to painful for a trusted elected person or hired bureaucrat that betrayed the public's trust and that should include lying to us.
Jay Wye Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 10:56 AM
what we need is a "career criminal" death penalty;
a points system where violent criminals are awarded points for each violent crime they commit,and when a set limit is reached,their life is automatically revoked,no appeals. We should not be tolerating any long career of crime from a person. like a "3-strikes" law,but with a permanent end. No "innocent" would be executed under this career criminal points system.
Ron4594 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 3:56 PM
Long ago, a life sentence meant something, that this person will actually spend the rest of his life in prison and will never be paroled.

In some old black-and-white movies, a gangster would tell the private detective main character that he has to be very careful, that he is a three-time-loser, and one more conviction would mean a life sentence. That was when a life sentence did not mean parole after fifteen years.
Jay Wye Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 7:27 PM
PLEASE don't cite MOVIES for any justification,they are only entertainment.
These days,criminals look at prison as a rest and recovery time,a chance to learn new crime techniques and make new contacts. We have violent criminals with pages and pages of their crimes,over several decades. Why are they still alive? To what purpose?

Recently, editorial page editor John Diaz asked Mark Klaas whether he expects to feel closure if California executes Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped, toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.
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