So far the reaction to my column last week on the death penalty has been unremittingly negative — or positive, take your pick. Most people are positive I’m full of it.
Just a few observations: The caller’s I’ve had were all people who sounded very very angry over the death of that little boy in Davis County, whose (allegedly!) brutal murder by the mother and step-father sparked calls for their executions.
No trials, just executions. It really sounds rather mob-like down there.
I understand anger, but am I the only one who sees that deciding to kill someone out of vengence for that little boy is not what anyone would call justice?
When Mike Dukakis, I think it was, was running for president he was asked, in one of those idiotic debates on TV, what he would do if his wife were raped and murdered. He hemmed and hawed and looked stupid, and that’s just one reason he lost. The Willie Horton deal didn’t help either. Nor did looking like a dork driving that tank.
His correct answer, if he’d had the cojones and presence of mind, would have been to say: “My feelings in that matter are irrelevant. Justice cannot be meted out from anger. If it were my wife, I would not have anything to do with the case because it would be a conflict of interest.”
I also see where Tim Gurrister has an excellent story in today’s paper looking at how much it will cost Weber County to prosecute the two death penalty cases it still has in the works. You can read his story here (click).
That’s just the county cost, most of it because if the county doesn’t help pay for a good defense the case will get ugly on appeal and all the money the county did spend would have been wasted.
Quit being so namby pamby and just kill those evil people? If you are willing to execute a certain number of innocent people, sure.
Ignoring the fact that a system that accepts the execution of the innocent is even more repugnant than murding a small child, you better hope one of those innocents isn’t you.
Ultimate, because the system at least pretends to try to make sure an executed person is the guilty one, it costs states about $2 million to kill someone. That’s an awful lot of money paid to lawyers that could be used to fix roads, plant trees, buy police officers, pay fire fighters, or whatever, and no matter how it is shared out among governmental entities we ultimate pay it, all of us.