Re: Capital Punishment: Revenge or Justice?
[quote author=MJzoom05 link=topic=35690.msg511088#msg511088 date=1134618910]
Well, since I searched and didn't see one, I thought I'd start a thread on capital punishment in light of the Tookie Williams execution, just to see everyone's opinion.
I know I, for one, am against capital punishment. I believe no one has the right to decide if someone lives or dies, regardless of the crime. Tookie was a fully rehabilitated individual who, for years, strived to prevent others from making his same mistakes. His case should have been reviewed so he could recieve a life sentence in order to continue doing the work of educating others. Not many others behind bars would have done the same with their time. IMO
To your intial point, I believe in the use of the death penalty.* I also believe they should expand the number of crimes that can recieve the Death Penalty, child molestation, unusually cruel and sadistic rapes, to name a couple, off the top of my head.
Your other point about Tookie being "fully rehabilitated", does not go along with the facts. He refused to help solve other crimes committed by one of the most violent gangs in US history, that he helped co-found. And he never apologized for the brutal shotgun murders he committed. Refusing to do either of those things, shows me he was not "fully rehabilitated".
As far as his claims of innocence, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, reviewed his case. It is the most liberal court in the US and if they couldn't find a way to get him a new trial or reduced sentence, then in my eyes he is guilty.