December 14, 2004

Death Penalty

Not that we have been following the Peterson case here at Craigorian Chant, but a little fact keeps getting mentioned is the massive backlog that California has on it's death row. I'm having trouble finding an article but there are over 600 people on death row in this State and only 10 people have been executed sence the death penaty was brought back in 1978. Scott Peterson has a much better chance of dying of natural or "other" causes (murder/suicide) than being executed.

I would like to go on the record as saying this is exactly how I like the death penalty to be administered: slowly. I support the death penalty because I believe that there are crimes that deserve it. I also believe that it should be slow, difficult, labor intensive and an all around pain in the ass to carry out. Death may be appropriate, but it should never be easy for the state to take a life. Taking a life is a terrible and final act and should be damn hard to carry out. Twenty years of appeals and millions of dollars in lawyer's fees hard. If we wish to give closure (revenge) to the families of the victims that fine, but you should have to work hard for that revenge.

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