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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Death Penalty Put to Death in Jersey

Calling hours are two to four PM and six to nine at the State Penitentiary on Saturday. Burial will be private at the Governors request. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the New Jersey Democrat Party.

Never having been a big fan of the death penalty I don’t think that I will attend the memorial service. In some respects it is a relief that New Jersey has abolished the death penalty. There are far to many chances that the wrong person can be put to death even with overwhelming evidence. One innocent prisoner executed is one to many. In the past I have had strong emotions regarding putting to death someone that has brutally harmed and killed a child, or killed anyone in a police uniform capacity. In hindsight I have seen that two wrongs will never make it right for the families left behind.

With the latest technology and DNA testing there have been far to many near misses when it comes to throwing the switch or injecting the lethal dose to end a convicted but innocent persons life. Over at MSNBC they have this to say about Jersey’s decision to end the death penalty…

N.J. Legislature votes to abolish death penalty
State is first to legislatively outlaw capital punishment

MSNBC News Services

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Thursday became the first U.S. state to legislatively abolish the death penalty since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.
Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled state Assembly voted 44-36 in favor of a bill to scrap the death penalty and substitute it with life in prison without the possibility of parole for those found guilty of the most serious crimes.

The vote follows approval by the state Senate on Monday, leaving as the last step the signature of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, an opponent of capital punishment.

Snip a Noose…

A special state commission found in January that the death penalty was a more expensive sentence than life in prison, hasn't deterred murder and risks killing an innocent person.
"It's time New Jersey got out of the execution business," Democratic Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo said. "Capital punishment is costly, discriminatory, immoral and barbaric. We're a better state than one that puts people to death."

Among the death row inmates who would be spared is Jesse Timmendequas, a sex offender convicted of murdering 7-year-old Megan Kanka in 1994. That case sparked a Megan's Law, which requires law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living in their communities.

If someone was found guilty with overwhelming evidence of harming one of my kids or God forbid killing one of them, I’m sure that my opinion as a father might be swayed momentarily as pro death penalty. For that matter I might even want to find my own vengeance and perform the task myself. In the long run I would prefer that the guilty serve hard time with a lifetime of thought on why they are serving that time. Always in the back of their mind why they are in prison. Not just sitting there in some cell with cable television and a radio to be entertained with though. That is no different than living in a hotel in a bad neighborhood. I’m sure the hotel room is cheaper by the day though.

Maybe the solution to the problem of crime in this nation is to stop building these glorified Club Med for gang members and start making crime a real punishable offense. Whatever happened to hard labor and taking ten ton boulders and making beach sand out of them? We don’t do that anymore because that is supposedly inhumane but isn’t that the reason why the prisoners are behind bars in the first place? What we need to do is stop baby sitting these animals of society that have been irrefutability convicted and make doing time for the crime a real sentence.

Might it be possible to build a national prison system where the scum of the earth that have killed children, police officers and IRS agents that cheated on their taxes serve time in a prison with the sole mission of breaking down the Rocky Mountains and moving the beach sand to the Grand Canyon as fill? How about instead of drilling for oil in Alaska we have them dig for oil and all the oil goes to the poor in America? Then again we run the risk of them tunneling to true freedom in China so that idea may not work out after all.

Until we as a society make the alternative of any crime committed against the innocent a real deterrent then gross negligent crime will continue. Till then we have the revolving door of the gang members equivalent of the Super 8. They get a roof over their head, clothing, three meals a day and all the free time in the world to plot out survival and retribution against the man.

Killing them is far to easy. Lethal injection is the most widely used option for the death sentence and falling asleep as if getting a tooth pulled and never waking up is just not punishment enough for my liking. Then again, the electric chair or the gas chamber is just brutality up there with the worse forms of torture. I’d prefer a life long sentence of hard realistic labor.

If I were a family member of someone murdered for any reason I simply would want to know that the guilty persons life is equal to the pain I would have in my heart for the rest of my life. The death penalty is a tough issue and both sides have legitimate logic behind the thought process. I’m erring on the side of caution when there is a remote possibility that the death of my innocent loved one is the result of proof proven false years down the road that put another innocent to death. I would not wish that on anyone’s conscience.


Cross Posted at Bring IT On!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this great? More moonbattery to show compaaaassion for criminals and making law-abiding residents less safe.

How stupid is this? Does anyone know why Joe Massino, imprisoned former head of the Bonanno Mafia Family, became the first New York Mafia boss to become a government witness? That's right, the federal government threatened Massino with the death penalty if he was convicted of ordering the murder of a fellow wiseguy. Massino decided to flip to save his sorry ass and named names.

I guess the corrupt politicians of New Jersey are more in awe, and living off the potential PR, of the fictional Mafia family The Sopranos, than in actually fighting the real thing.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Maybe you should join the debate at Bring IT ON! You can find them in the side bar here. There is a huge debate on this same article going on and you just might find that the voices for and against the death penalty are still out there.

I stand by my post. If you asked a real prison guard, there is a greater chance of death in the general population than on death row anywhere in America.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous SteveIL said...

This is SteveIL, and I put up the previous comment by "anonymous" (didn't mean to make it so). As far as debate, I was banned by Bring It On!'s own Tom Baker.

A death penalty being on the books does not mean anybody needs to be executed. But the threat of its use can have very positive results in getting the worst criminals off the streets, and I'll argue that the negative impact of the Mafia on American society over the last century has been massive, much more than the media has ever let on (the exception is when the mob does something really outrageous, like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre). Considering how huge the Mafia's power and influence has been in New Jersey, this added lack of using a legitimate law enforcement tool to battle them is tantamount to malfeasance.

I'll stand by my statement it shows that the state government of New Jersey doesn't care about the law-abiding residents of the state. I would also say that corrupt clowns like Corzine probably benefit greatly from having the Mafia remain on the streets.

7:26 AM  

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