Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Death Penalty DuJour

So sometime in the next 30 hours or so from this posting Brian Steckel will be executed by the state. There's enough reasons why the death penalty should be put away in Delaware, and in no way does that suggest Steckel deserves to live a moment of life again as a free man. But I wonder how many executions would still occur in this otherwise fine state if the same 12 jurors who recommended death and the judge who imposed the sentence were required by law to be the ones who pressed the button that started the robot that administered the series of lethal shots? I wonder if the number of prisoners on death row would decline, and by how many.

7 Comments:

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous M.Opaliski said...

If I were on the jury, and given the chance to press the button ...

The population on death row would be less ...

'Cause I volunteer to press it once for everyone on Death Row, jurist or no jurist, thats a good way to lessen the Death Row population

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Arthur Dales said...

I'd like to see Suge Knight press the button

 
At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Isaac said...

Is it really a robot that does it? If so, that sounds like one scarifying robot. What will happen when he short circuits and decides that all of humanity is... "guilty"?

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Dana Garrett said...

Good point, Dunn. I wonder the same thing if executions were public & broadcast on TV. How long would support for the DP last then?

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger Dickie Dunn said...

Ike... it's sort of like a mechanical arm that does it. Something less mobile than the ones that try and reach down to go after undersized stuffed animals at the arcade, but still one that moves. The News Journal explained this morning how it all works. But hey, at least it's not as bad as killing someone via electric chair or by the gas chamber.

Dana, we'd never, ever, ever see it on TV. It just won't happen. But making the jurors be the ones who have to flip the switch would be a little more sobering to at least a small percent of an otherwise influential public that satisfies the thirst of a tough talking group of pols and the detached public.

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

I thnk that jurors who go through the whole process of deciding that facts lead to guilt and merit death would feel equally dutiful to pulling the "arm"....after all, they have already done it in a sense by making that judgement.

 
At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian D. Steckel was a monster, and as we've seen recently in Texas, people do escape from Death Row.

I'm not a big fan of the death penalty. In my perfect world, the person who commits a capital crime would be serving a life sentence as the slave of the victims family, in a prison industry, with all the proceeds of his labors going to the family of the victim. There was a time when prisons were completely self sufficient in this country.

Angola, in Louisiana and Folsom County Prison in California are two such examples of prisons that put the inmates to work; in Angola they grow their own food. In Folsom, they built the prison!

Those days are gone. It's now cruel and unusual for a prisoner to sew Donald Duck wallets, crush rocks or make canned farts, since we can import all that crap onto the shelves of Walmart from the gulags of Red China.

Until we fix the problem of warehousing these parasites, the death penalty will have to do.

 

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