Saturday, August 15, 2009

Old Age is the Only Death Penalty

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-death-row14-2009aug14,0,2959453.story

California has almost 700 inmates on death row and in the the 30 years we have had the death penalty we have only executed a bakers dozen of them. Far more of them die of old age then ever die in the execution room. In a state that has between two thousand and four thousand murders per year, that is a pretty sad attempt at a deterrent.

Our voters have consistently voted in favor of the death penalty. Even our legislature and our Governor have been in favor of the death penalty for murder. Yet as always one or two or three State or Federal judges stop the process, often for years on some minor issue. The most recent was years ago when they said the lethal injection was cruel and unusual punishment. I think not.

Just because a procedure is painful does not make it either cruel or unusual. Is dental work cruel and unusual? Other states and other nations execute criminals, we should be able to do so also. These activist judges simply want to stop executions in direct opposition to the will of the people. Our state has many police officers murdered every year. Where are our police unions, are they fighting for justice to put their killers in the death chamber? They should be; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

FlyTrap said...

Yes, dental work IS cruel and unusual. =)

Bunkermeister said...

I agree.

Protect_and_Serve said...

When I become King, they will have one year for all appeals...then it's lights out.

I would also support an "eye for an eye" death penalty. If you murdered with a knife, you get stabbed to death, a gun, shot, etc.

Bunkermeister said...

I don't think they should have appeals unless there is significant new evidence or a major problem in the law. And yes, it should all be done in a year, or less.