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Should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the death penalty?

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1 jrolley325 (800 comments) posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

as currently administered, yes. there's no deterrent to violent crime even if someone knows they're gonna be on death row for 20+ years. if you're gonna keep it, execute within a year. no appeal after appeal after appeal after appeal trying to convince judges that your IQ is low, you've found jesus, etc.

to play devil's advocate even further, the allegedly pro-constitution people on here who love to complain about our government figuratively pissing on it throughout the years want to forget about the 8th amendment (because the only ones they love to make noise about are the 1st and 2nd). if the government killing somebody isn't deemed cruel punishment, then what the hell exactly is? people can't have it both ways screaming bloody murder about gun and religious rights while championing government sanctioned murder.

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2 tnmartin (234 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

re "cruel and unusual" -- hanging and shooting were considered to be OK at the time of the writing and ratification of the Constitution. If they were OK then, they're OK now, and capital punishment was applied to far more offenses then than is currently the case.
I believe they had in mind banning things like boiling in oil, burning alive, dismemberment by being tied to several horses heading in opposite directions, etc. A reading of English, Spanish, and French histories leads to some gruesome methods of execution. They didn't want a "tortured to death" system.
Having said that, taking of human life under ANY circumstances is not to be done casually. Frankly, I'm in favor of public hangings -- if we're going to execute someone, then let's do it publicly. Among other things, it's a worthy lesson to would-be emulators. Such things were generally the case until relatively recently.

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3 papa1 (662 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

if someone is sentenced to death, with no doubt of guilt, they should be dead before anyone currently breathing. I pray that mrs. fife is alive to see danny lee hill executed. it's a damn travesty of justice he,s still drawing breath. and I hope it last longer than two hours!

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4 jrolley325 (800 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

at the time of writing and ratification of the constitution, slavery was also OK.

again, not saying i'm for or against it because i'll never have to worry about it being applied to me. but it doesn't work the way it's currently carried out. either take care of business quicker or just get rid of it altogether.

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5 DACOUNTRYBOY (225 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

"Sept. 10, 1985"

Miriam Fife awaits justice for her son Raymond. Why should Danny Lee Hill be cheated out of an experience of a lifetime? It would be fitting to execute him on Sept. 10, 2014.

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6 cambridge (3013 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

As a society we should be more evolved than to be putting people to death. I don't have any sympathy for killers but everyday you hear of people sent to prison and later found innocent, just like the ones on this list.

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/innoc...

If only one percent of the prison population were actually innocent that would be 20,000 people in prison that don't belong there.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

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7 papa1 (662 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

why isn't prosecutor dennis Watkins pushing to send danny lee hill on to his eternal punishment??

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8 NilesOhio (724 comments) posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The really sad thing is that Mrs. Fife has been working for the prosecutor's office for years now, and they still won't pull the trigger.

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