posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 09:33 AM
There was comedy of errors with this case. Beside the evidence withholding, there were alcohol abusing lawyers, and sleeping jurors. Capital case held
by a great judge who didn't notice this was happening.
I'm not going to go into the argument of capital crime and the death sentence. No one will ever have their mind changed on this subject, using this
format for a debate.
What I will say is this. Then everyone can flame on.
Let's go back to the 1940's and 50's. America's golden era that everyone who lived in America at that time, prospered. Reminiscence with me as I
walk down tree lined streets in a "Leave it to Beaver" or "Mayberry" setting.
Crime and punishment was treated very differently than now. Convicts didn't have air conditioned cells with cable TV. Time in jail was punishment,
not time off of life and you just hang around living the same or better than you did on the outside.
If a person happened to commit a capital crime and the death penalty was imposed, a person had on average, 6 months from sentence to the death
chamber. This really meant something in those days. Justice was swift, doesn't mean justice was sure.
Does this mean innocent people were killed by false accusations, I'm sure there are many alleged examples. But that is for a different thread. The
means for scientific and forensic evidence were crude at the very best. DNA not even heard of. But these statements miss the mark. Society as a whole
was better because convicted people were put to death for crimes. This held the entire crime rate down.
This is were I have a real problem. Our society has become such a group hug society that we pander to everyone and try to offend no one. This clown
was on death row for 14 years. He should have been dead for at least 13 of them, IMHO. This is why vicious crime means nothing to today's criminals.
What is the real punishment? Some time in jail watching TV and being fed for free. That ain't a bad life for some of these guys.
Chances are, say I just went apesh*t and killed my wife of +30 years using an axe or hammer after an argument she was clearly wrong in. Okay, I live
in a death sentence state and receive the death penalty 2 years from now, minimum, as the first trial winds it way through the clogged legal system.
Appeal after appeal after appeal, later; I will probably die of old age before the State can impose the punishment. Where is justice? Wife is still
dead, I retired to jail and died.
This doesn't make an innocent man going to jail any better. Our society is so jacked up now, cases like this make the splash, someone writes a check,
and everyone is smiling at the end of the day.
It truly was better back when someone died for a crime, innocence or guilt withstanding. America was a better country.