posted on Sep, 28 2010 @ 02:23 AM
They were executed for raping a 13 year old boy, according to your link....
Ever heard of Marshan Allen??
"In 1991, Marshan Allen helped two acquaintances of his older brother commit a robbery. While Allen was waiting
inside a van, one of the acquaintances botched the robbery and murdered two victims. Allen did not have any previous
record of violent crime or felony convictions, but because the court found that Allen had helped steal the van that was used
to drive to the victims’ house, he was held accountable for the two murders. At the age of fifteen, he was sentenced to life
without parole. He is currently thirty years old and is being detained in a penitentiary in Illinois.
In October 2005, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch published a joint report of the United States’
practice of trying children as adults and sentencing them to life without the possibility of parole. The Rest of Their Lives: Life
Without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States is the first national study regarding this issue, and it provides data
that highlights a stark contrast to that of the rest of the world. Currently, there are approximately 2,225 prisoners who have
been sentenced to life imprisonment due to crimes they committed as children. Of this number, approximately 59 percent
received the sentence for their first-ever criminal conviction. Sixteen percent were between thirteen and fifteen years old at
the time they committed their crimes and 26 percent were convicted of felony murder in which someone else actually
committed the murder, without the knowledge or intent of the juvenile, as was the case for Marshan Allen.
In sharp contrast, all fifteen members of the original European Union do not allow children to be sentenced to life
without parole.1 Thirty-one African countries prohibit the sentencing of children to life without parole.2 While Malawi, Nigeria,
and Sierra Leone’s laws allow for the sentence to be used, it has never been used in practice. According to research
conducted by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in 2005, there are only a dozen child offenders serving
sentences of life without parole outside of the United States: four in South Africa, one in Tanzania, and between four and
seven in Israel. While other countries’ legal systems may allow for life imprisonment of juveniles, it appears that the
sentence is used rarely, if at all."
Do I agree with Capital Punishment, regardless of the crime?? NO....
Should a 15 year old boy be locked away for life, with no chance of parole for stealing a car?? NO....
Whilst the cases are different, starkly so, I mentioned Allen to highlight that relative to the rest of the world, Amerika aint some peaches and cream
kinda place either.....and therefore I find it a little rich that you should sit in judgement ....America needs to clean its own backyard up before it
starts complaining how long the neighbours lawn is......