Monday, December 17, 2007
The Death Penalty, right or wrong..
--Jami Floyd, Anchor, Court TV News

New Jersey just became the first state to repeal its death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reopened the door to capital punishment. That was way back in the '70s, and at that time, New Jersey opted to re-up the death penalty. But with its abolition this week, the Garden State takes a giant step toward justice.

Forget that the death penalty has been proved time and again to have no deterrent effect. Forget all the questions about whether the way we kill people is "cruel and unusual." And never mind that victims tell you that when the ultimate penalty is imposed, it does not bring them any closure.

Forget all of that, and consider only this: The hundreds of exonerations in this country in just the last decade. Dozens of men who were on death row. THAT is why the death penalty is wrong.

Because human beings get it wrong. Only God should take away that which cannot be returned in the event of error. Human life. And that's the last word.

http://blog.courttv.com/jami_floyd/
Posted By CNN: 11:06 AM ET
  3 Comments
Well I think the death penalty is right. I mean there are just some people that no matter what we do to help them can't be changed and they will if released kill again! What are we supposed to do...waste our tax money to keep them housed up for the rest of their lives when it can be used for bettering this country.

Yeah our justice system isn't perfect but it is there for a reason. If we stop the death penalty totally in my opinion crimes will get worse because what is there to stop them? Life in prison!! I mean there they get a place to live, food to eat, TV to watch, etc. Alot of people here that are homeless or poor would love those things! What kind of deterrent is that!?

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 11:26 AM ET
Amen, Jami - add that blacks are far more likely to draw the death penalty than whites and it starts to look more like ethnic cleansing than anything approaching justice.

Unfortunately, revenge has always been a big part of American jurisprudence; that revenge often falls on the wrong person never seems to matter.
Posted By Anonymous Arachnae, Sterling VA : 11:56 AM ET
I agree with whoever wrote this editorial. Death is too easy a solution; prisoners who have committed murder should be put to hard labor for many years. At least make them contribute something to society instead of killing them.
Posted By Anonymous xtina chicago IL : 12:23 PM ET
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