Where I Stand

Posted Friday, May 29, 2015, at 12:57 AM
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    The death penalty protects innocents, in three ways, better than does life without parole (LWOP): enhanced due process, enhanced incapacitation and enhanced deterrence;

    a) Enhanced due process - No knowledgeable party disputes that the death penalty has the greatest of due process protections (1), what the US Supreme Court has called "super due process", meaning that actual innocents sentenced to LWOP are more likely to die as innocents in prison, than are innocents likely to be executed.

    As death penalty opponents, now, argue that LWOP is more cruel than execution, this takes on greater importance , as their position is to support the more cruel sanction, LWOP, over death, and with LWOP having a higher probability of sanctioning innocents with incarceration and death.

    Nearly 100% of capital murderers prefer life over death (2). Not surprising. Read The Death of Punishment by Robert Blecker.

    b) Enhanced incapacitation - Living murderers are, infinitely, more likely to harm and murder, again, than are executed murderers - a truism.

    Review c through i at 2) ANTI DEATH PENALTY, below.

    c) Enhanced deterrence - The evidence that some potential murderers are deterred, by the death penalty/execution, is overwhelming (2). The evidence that none are deterred by the death penalty/execution is non existent (2). The only honest disputes are if the death penalty is a greater deterrent than LWOP - the evidence says yes (2) - and how much does the death penalty deter? - a question that will never be answered to any consensus (2).

    d) Doubting Deterrence:

    The death penalty/executions prevail over LWOP, if protecting the innocent is your concern:

    (1) If the death penalty does not deter, and we fail to execute, both 1 a & b (above) tell us we will be sacrificing more innocents;

    (2) If the death penalty does deter, and we fail to execute, we will be sacrificing even more innocents than in (1), just above;

    (3) If the death penalty does not deter and we execute, we have 1 a & b, thereby sparing more innocent lives;

    (4) If the death penalty does deter and we execute, we have all three benefits, sparing even more innocent lives than in (3), just above.

    Getting rid of the death penalty will sacrifice more innocents. Keeping the death penalty will spare more innocent lives, over LWOP (1).

    With or without deterrence, the option is to spare more innocent lives with the death penalty/execution or to sacrifice more innocents by not using the death penalty/execution.

    All prospects of a negative outcome deter some.

    All sanctions deter some.

    The death penalty is the most severe sanction and is the greatest of prospects of a negative outcome for criminals.

    Life is preferred over death. Death is feared more than life.

    What we prefer more, deters less. What we fear more, deters more.

    The death penalty is an enhanced deterrent over LWOP.

    -- Posted by dudleysharp on Fri, May 29, 2015, at 1:23 PM
  • Fact check your sources.

    I did.

    Saving Costs with The Death Penalty


    -- Posted by dudleysharp on Fri, May 29, 2015, at 1:24 PM
  • Again, please fact check.

    The 140 "exonerated" has been a well known fraud for nearly 20 years, when the number stated at 69.

    Read sections 3 and 4, first

    The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy




    -- Posted by dudleysharp on Fri, May 29, 2015, at 1:27 PM
  • Again:

    New Testament Death Penalty Support Overwhelming


    -- Posted by dudleysharp on Fri, May 29, 2015, at 1:28 PM
  • Shalom, Brian. I tried to stay out of this, but, I must disagree with you, this rare time.

    IMO, the Death Penalty (Biblically speaking) is a deterrent, three-fold: 1> Knowing the severity of the penalty, a respectable person will withdraw from Murder. 2> Locking a human mind away from the world, is extremely expensive, through that incarceration, and everlasting legal fees. 3> Execution is the most preventive of the three, as it guarantees that individual will never again 'Murder.'

    God's covenant, with man, supports the third aspect, for even more than Murder, but has guidelines for not railroading someone into execution, called an 'eye for an eye,' so, should the witness lie, witness will die, in the accused stead. (or something like that)

    Considering the times we are entering, there soon will be numerous ethnic murders committed, by 'Sworn to Repetition' ethnicity, thinking that they are doing as their god dictates be done. I call the upcoming Time, 'Hell on Earth.' AMEN

    Be Well, my friend and brother

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Jun 10, 2015, at 9:29 AM
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