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So should this person have fried?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ScribePharisee, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. ScribePharisee

    ScribePharisee New Member

    The story said he was retarded, but is that an excuse?

  2. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    Not according to the Constitution and common law.
  3. ScribePharisee

    ScribePharisee New Member

    Let's see...murder and forced sexual assault. In some states, that's capital murder, two felonies, punishable by death.
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    But he's mentally retarded.
  5. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    So, in Texas, that's worse, right? I guess he's lucky he's just north. [/familyguythreadjack]
  6. Habeas Corpus

    Habeas Corpus Member

    Pursuant to Atkins v. Virginia and the Eighth Amendment, LWOP is the maximum allowable sentence.
  7. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Why should people's tax dollars be used to keep this fucker up for life? If he's too bad to ever be turned loose because you don't know if he'll do something like this again, for whatever reason, fry him.
  8. I'm not a proponent of the death penalty, so my answer would always be "no."
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Because the expenditure on executing him, once you go through the appeals process, is typically far more than the expenditure of keeping him in prison for life. And don't use that as an excuse to rant about the appeals process. If the state is going to kill someone -- and it shouldn't -- then it had better be damn sure the guy's guilty.
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    WFW, deskslave!
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    That's what I was going to say, only not as in-depth.
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