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Friday, February 08, 2008

Re: Repeal the Death Penalty

A murderer who has been executed will not kill again. Won't kill innocents on the street, won't kill prison guards, and won't kill fellow inmates.

In historical times, when murderers were almost always promptly condemned and executed rather than coddled and protected, murder rates were much, much lower than they are today.

What worries me somewhat is corrupt prosecutors who want a conviction and the resulting publicity at any cost. Mike Nifong comes to mind. I think any prosecutor who is found to have been responsible for the execution of an innocent should also be executed. That might help ensure that prosecutors seek the execution of only those truly guilty of murder.

On Feb 8, 2008 6:18 AM, ArthurTurner <arthurturner@verizon.net> wrote:

Peace & Blessings,
We must stop this madness about not wanting the death penalty because it disproportionately impacts Blacks. I am Black. And I have a strong sense of my Black culture, history, and pride. And, I understand truth. The truth is that in our beloved Prince George's County, if I am murdered, car-jacked, or robbed, it will probably happen at the hands of my Black "brutha." The three people who got murdered at the Uno Chicago Pizzaria while watching the Super Bowl Sunday were all Black, and the thug who killed them was Black too.

We need to get real and stop making excuses for our own failures. We have issues. And, we are sick. We cannot get well unless we first acknowledge that we are indeed sick. Once we come to terms with this truth, we can be about the work of healing and curing our maladies. We cannot, shall not, and must not stay in a state of denial. We are so stuck in denial that it keeps us stiff, rigid, and cold like rigor mortise. We must awaken the love in our hearts for ourselves and for others.

And those who are incapable of loving need to be made to pay the ultimate price. That price is death. What we are doing now is not working. And we need to do something else. What solution do yo propose? I have offered the death penalty as mine. Please let us know what we can do to drastically lower the growing number of rapes, murders, car-jackings, burglaries, thefts, spousal abuse, pedophilia, etc.

I am open to plausible suggestions. I am yet to hear something that makes sense.

I do admit that the the justice system has been unfair in sentencing. A Black will be given the death penalty and a White may get life in prison for the same crime. The facts are the facts. So, I say let's be fair and dispense the death penalty fairly. Let's strap the White guy in the electric chair next to the Black guy in the electric chair. And while we are at it, let's have an integrated corps of people who push the button to give the thugs their final electrifying experience. Sometimes people need to be shocked into reality.

Let's pray for a change.

Peace & Blessings,
Arthur Turner

Darrell wrote:

State-sanction death is not appropriate in a civilized society.
Moreover, the application of the death penalty in the United States
has been disportionately applied to african americans and the poor.
Social economics and race play a much greater role in determining who
gets the death sentance and who does not. It is a hollow argument to
state that the death penalty can serve as a deterent to murderers, it
is simply unfounded and not supported by any scientific studies or
research. In fact, just the opposite is true, having the death
penalty on the books does not offer any deterent whatsoever. Not a
bit, not even a tiny little bit. We need to move to remove this
shameful policy from our books and join the scores of states and
nations that have figured out that the state does not have the right
kill its citizens. This is what the monarchs wanted, not decent,
democracy loving folks. Since humans run the justice system, we know
that mistakes and even malicious acts can occur. How dare we allow
someone that is innocent to die at the hands of the state. I don't
have the time to list the volume of cases that DNA evidence has been
used to exonorate a person convicted in a court of law, by a jury of
his peers, to death. We cannot afford to make mistakes like this
when we are talking about someone's life. I also don't have time to
list in detail all of the cases in the South where black men were
sentenced to die for being with a white woman. The death penalty has
a dispicable history. If you stand for the death penalty, I hope you
know that you stand with such forward thinking and human right driven
nations like: China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Burundi, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to name a few.

I understand the passion of wanting to see justice done, but didn't a
wise person once say, an eye for an eye makes us all blind?

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