Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Federal Death Penalty Could Be Expanded

United Press International Washington, Oct 26, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) (via Beliefnet)
An amendment to the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act would make it easier for federal prosecutors to get defendants sentenced to death.Currently, all jurors in a case must agree the death penalty is warranted before a convict is condemned. If even one juror disagrees, the defendant's sentence is set at life in prison.
A Patriot Act amendment submitted by U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and supported by the Justice Department would change that, The New York Times reported. Carter's amendment is in the House version of the Patriot Act reauthorization, but not in the Senate's. Lawmakers are to meet soon to settle differences in the two measures.
Several states allow for a second sentencing jury to be empanelled to reconsider a death sentence and even death penalty opponents say such a federal measure would likely be constitutional.
"It's one of the many situations where the Supreme Court leaves us to our folly," Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project lawyer David Bruck told the Times.

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Call your Representatives and tell them we have enough capital punishment in this country. Tell them social vengeance is not one of your values.

4 Comments:

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous i.g.w.t said...

then may i ask what your way of punishment will be if that is banned?

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous gothica said...

yes, what would your way of punishing those bastards would be?

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous 829elm said...

I'm less interested in "punishing those bastards" than in rehabilitating them. As I've said before, I don't think vengeance is ever warranted. We should rehabilitate, we can try to deter, but we should never sanction out of hatred.

All of that being said, life in prison is more palatable than state-sponsored killing.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

I do believe in the death penalty for certain things...as a preventative measure when there is just no way of actually restraining the person (some people are not reformable in any kind of a time length that would prohibit them from killing guards, killing inmates, attempting elaborate escapes, etc.) I do believe that the vote should be unanymous (spelling). For all others their should be life in prison/attempts at rehabilition.

 

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