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“Dead Man Walking”

Posted by purplemary54 on July 16, 2014

A federal judge here in California has declared the death penalty unconstitutional.  Homing in on the delays in carrying out death sentences, he referred to the system in California as broken.  I could’ve told him that.  Of course, any system that allows executions to take place is broken.

I get that there’s some crimes so heinous, there’s no coming back from them.  There are some criminals so vile that there is no chance of rehabilitation, ever.  But in spite of that, I will never be able to accept the death penalty.  I do not, cannot, believe that there is any justice served by killing another human being.  It might satisfy some bone deep urge for revenge, but it will not  make up for the wrong that was done.  Ever.

I’m not going to pretend that this ruling in California will lead to a national repeal of the death penalty, not with the current misguided reactionary SCOTUS in place anyway.  But it’s a step in the right direction.

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