January 24, 2015 8:30 am -

How about doing away with the death penalty altogether?

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Supreme Court To Decide If Lethal Injections Are Constitutional

  1. jasperjava January 24th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The Death penalty is cruel and unusual in itself, no matter the method used.

    It’s time that the United States joined the rest of the civilized world.

    • StoneyCurtisll January 24th, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I agree~!

    • Abby Normal January 24th, 2015 at 9:53 am


      • Denise January 24th, 2015 at 11:05 am

        I agree to a point. Some of these crimes are so heinous, evil, and dehumanizing to the victim that the DP should be used.

        • Abby Normal January 24th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

          I have no sympathy for rapists, pedophiles and murderers. They need to be permanently removed from society. Here’s my rationale for getting rid of the death penalty. It costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life. A series of automatic appeals are triggered any time someone is sentenced to death. The taxpayers have to pay the prosecutors, judges, court costs and defense teams each time these never-ending appeals are used. Also, I truly believe life in prison is worse than being “put to sleep” by lethal injection. I think that’s the easy way out. We euthanize our beloved pets when they become terminally ill. We do it because we love our pets and don’t want them to suffer. It kills me to think the lowest monsters in our society get the same send-off as our pets. I think they should be forced to live out their natural lives in a 6 x 8 foot cell. No chance for parole. Life in prison, in my view, must be Hell on earth. Let’s give them Hell on Earth for the remainder of their days – and then, hopefully, when they die a natural death – they go to Hell for eternity.

          So that’s why I’m opposed to the death penalty. In my view, life in prison is a worse punishment than being put to sleep. And it’s cheaper for the taxpayers.

        • Dwendt44 January 24th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

          Me too. I’m a fence sitter on the death penalty. There are indeed crimes of such magnitude that the death penalty is the appropriate response. Mass murder, assassinations, murder for hire, terrorism, etc.. The problem is, some blood thirsty types on the right would have the DP for minor offenses like having an abortion or being a liberal.

        • bpollen January 24th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

          The problem with the “heinous enough” standard is that convictions also hit some of the innocent, even when the crime is horrendous:

        • whatthe46 January 24th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

          some more henious than others and get life. and its not at all dished out fairly.

  2. FatRat January 24th, 2015 at 11:37 am
    (Gov. George) Ryan acted because of the state’s troubling track record of exonerating more Death Row inmates than it has executed and in response to a recent Tribune investigation that exposed the death-penalty system’s flaws, said his spokesman, Dennis Culloton. Since reinstating the death penalty in 1977, Illinois has cleared 13 Death Row inmates and put 12 to death.

    (Even if the other 12 were guilty, that batting average would be under 500. Russian roulette would bat a 167. You would get much better odds of survival playing Russian roulette than playing with the justice system. A simple flip of a coin would be more fair than a prosecutor trying to kill you.)

  3. whatthe46 January 24th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    in a nut shell, if you murder someone and find out later the conviction was wrong, you can’t take that back.