Tuesday, December 21, 2004

If It's Broke, Don't Fix It. Scrap it.

Another innocent person has been freed from "death row." Ernest Willis spent 17 years of his life in a federal prison awaiting execution before he was found innocent and freed. How is anyone going to be able to give him back 17 years of his life?! According to the MSNBC story:

"When Willis was set free, he was given a plaid shirt, green pants and white running shoes, along with 10 days worth of medication and $100, the standard amount given to released inmates."

The sad thing is that this is just one of many, many wrongful convictions of the death penalty. Again quoting the MSNBC story:

"Willis becomes the eighth death row inmate freed in Texas since capital punishment resumed in 1974. The last exoneration was in the late 1990s."

Willis makes the 117th innocent person released from death row. Think about that. That's 117 people who could have easily been executed dispite their innocence.

It is time to end this barbaric practice. I do not want innocent blood on my hands. Life in prison without parole is no "walk in the park." In fact it is a just punishment for a "convicted" criminal. It keeps them locked up in a small cell where they are left with nothing but themselves and their own thoughts and actions. Besides, it gives society time to find people who might be innocent of a capital crime. God only knows how many people we have killed who have been innocent. We will probably never know.


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4 comments:

Peter said...

'Let ye without sin cast the first stone'. It's just another example of the hypocrisy of religion, particularly christianity. I remember reading about a university's law students who investigated death row cases for their dissertations and found that some ridiculous percentage of cases in that state (90% or something) would not have resulted in the death penalty with basic investigation.

And the proportions of death row-ers who are black men is another issue altogether.

The death penalty is so barbaric and sinister you'd think we'd be looking back in horror at how primitive and unreasonable our ancestors were in practising such a despicable form of punition. Instead people are prepared to campaign to keep it as an institution. And a vehement supporter is re-elected as leader of the world. Kinda depressing really.

Kitten said...

I believe in the death penalty...however in a case like this, when a man has had 17 years of his life taken away...I certainly believe he is entitled to compensation. All the money in the world can not take away what he has lost, but it can certainly help toward easing his pain and getting back to a noram life.

I am not sure of the case of which you reference , James, however...many of these so called "Innocent" men are in fact not so inncocent. There was a case of a habitual rapist, who was on death row..he had raped and maimed several woman over his career, he somehow slipped thru the cracks and was realeased....only to be wrongly convicted of a different rape. So I really have a hard time feeling sorry for those cases.
Interesting discussion...I like it when you make me think.

Peter said...

[for Kitten - hi by the way] I'm interested to know why you support the death penalty. The way I see it we never subscribe to society and yet we can pay a capital price for breaking one of it's rules. Fair enough there needs to be a protection for everyone else, but how can civilised people see murdering someone as an acceptable option (and I sensationalize there because it's a big issue)?

And the 'it's a deterrent' argument isn't backed up by statistics. Genuinely interested :)

james said...

I once saw a bumper sticker about the death penalty that I really liked. Here it is: "How can we kill people to show other people that killing people is wrong?"

Glad to make you think Kitten. Your views are always welcome on my blog.