First – I do not support the death penalty. This is not justice. Murder in the replace murder is no longer the way. Further, evidence has been been presented that Troy Davis is innocent, or at the very least, deserves another trial. Late Wednesday afternoon, Georgia’s Supreme Court had rejected a last appeal by Davis’ lawyers. Earlier, a Butts County Superior Court judge also declined to stop the execution. Davis was convicted in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. In their U.S. Supreme Court filing, Davis’ attorneys said “substantial constitutional errors” were made when the
One of the many scary consequences with reading books on ethics and theology is every now and then, you read something that forces you to reevaluate your current beliefs. It’s scary in the sense that you don’t know the outcome of this reevaluation. Sometimes, after you’ve had a chance to work through the issues, you’re beliefs stay the same. But, you are more informed about your beliefs and any objections that may be raised concerning those beliefs. Other times, this reevaluation causes you to completely change your beliefs in some way. I’m currently working my way through Kingdom
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill on Wednesday abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. Quinn talked about his struggle to decide whether to sign the bill when he was here last month for the National Governors Association meeting. Quinn noted that he was lobbied to sign the ban during calls from death penalty foes Desmond Tutu, Martin Sheen, Sister Helen Prejean and pleas from those who wanted Illinois to keep the death penalty on the books, including the families of victims and state’s attorneys from around the state. via Quinn ends death penalty in Illinois: His struggle to
As cash-strapped states consider the high cost of sentencing prisoners to death, capital punishment has fallen on hard times.
This might be a controversial subject, however, I feel that it is one which needs to be addressed. I fully acknowledge that Governments have a God-given right to execute whomever they deem necessary, such as the repressive regimes in Iran, China and Saddam’s Iraq who execute religious criminals, even Christians. They have that right. After all, the Christians deserved it for breaking the law against meeting to worship God. In this country, many states execute criminals based on their crime, such as murder. This is seen as a deterrent, although it has not been proven that it actually works.
Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but that death penalty thing…yeah, not so good. I’ve got other reasons to be opposed to it, but not least is the fact that it is not a fool-proof system which doesn’t allow for restitution if the person is later found innocent. 10 Convicts Presumed Innocent After Execution – Listverse.