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

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1tnmartin(490 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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2papa1(711 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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3NoBS(2509 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

We need capital punishment, but we need to remove the incessant babble of all the lawyers trying to milk the taxpayers. People found guilty of capital crimes should get one appeal. One. If found guilty in it, the sentence should be carried out immediately.

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4DACOUNTRYBOY(846 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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5cambridge(3804 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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.


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


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6DSquared(1617 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Obviously they are all innocent because the USA is a bigoted nation that has stolen from the rest of the world's downtrodden and only imprisons minorities who were on their way to brain surgery class! Right Mr. President?

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7NoBS(2509 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Cambridge, please don't rot your mind with that touchy-feely dreck. If the "punishment" for committing a terrible crime and taking an innocent's life is free room and board, plus clean jammies, cable TV, internet access, free heat and air conditioning, and more, for the rest of one's natural life, what's the deterrent? And when all the advocates for the guilty start whining about prison overpopulation, tell me, would you want Danny Lee Hill released and living right next door to you?

Capital punishment is an effective deterrent if it's used in a swift and consistent manner. Today, it's anything but, and it shows.

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8papa1(711 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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9NilesOhio(926 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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