Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oh, Death...

Two choices. Number one: do everything possible to ensure that Death Penalty cases are subjected to the highest scrutiny. Let nothing get in the way of possible exoneration, and only use the Death Penalty for those cases where culpability is proven so far beyond a shadow of a doubt that it becomes comical to suggest otherwise. And why in the world are we still letting overworked, underpaid public defense attorneys handle this stuff? If you want to keep the Death Penalty around, you've got to pony up. This system must be above reproach, and I cannot stand that there are judges who have the "courage" to legislate cultural matters who don't have the cajones to apply jurisprudence where it needs to be. Only with a near flawless system can we keep the Death Penalty legal, and as a supporter, that means I want a near flawless system.

Choice two: Keep the system that we have working the way it does, and keep the dark shadow looming over every major case, where dangerous men and Hollywood icons can get out on technicalities and those whose guilt is suspect stay incarcerated for decades.

Common sense shouldn't be considered revolution.

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1 comment:

patsbrother said...

"I cannot stand that there are judges who have the 'courage' to legislate cultural matters who don't have the cajones to apply jurisprudence where it needs to be."

First, we now have Cousin Pat on record as saying that judges "legislate cultural matters" from the bench.

Second, Cousin Pat strongly insinuates that he is pissed off that the courts don't so "legislate" more often.

Third, I suspect Cousin Pat wields the word "jurisprudence" without knowing what that word actually means.

Fourth, if you want to read something about this case that is not meant to be a persuasive essay, the decision of the Supreme Court of Georgia is available online at http://www.gasupreme.us/pdf/s07a1758.pdf.