State sponsored killings which often are economics driven, disproportionately of poor and disadvantaged, denies the people and nation from the benefits of finding forgiveness, sometimes kill innocents, perpetuates the cycle of violence breeding violence, devalues human life and therefore contributes to the perpetuation of the problem, absolves society from a range of responsibilities in treating those unfortunate enough to be of a mind to commit serious crimes etc etc etc There are far more civlized ways to remove dangerous people from the free population, which if society adopts, far reaching benefits can be had by all.
I know there are those who seriously supports the death penalty. I think they are wrong, but that doesn't mean at all that they are bad. I'd like to hear reasoned, non-vengeance arguments for the death penalty.
Yahoo news: California, Florida suspend executions By RON WORD, Associated Press Writer
5 minutes ago
"SAN FRANCISCO - Faced with grim testimony of poorly trained executioners operating in cramped, dimly lit quarters, a federal judge declared California's execution procedure unconstitutional.
The state's "implementation of lethal injection is broken............
The decision is the latest in a nationwide challenge to lethal injection — the preferred execution method in 37 states — and came as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions there after a bungled execution this week. Missouri's injection method, which is similar to California's, was declared unconstitutional last month by a federal judge.
Fogel said the California case raised the question of whether the three execution drugs administered by the San Quentin State Prison are so painful that they "offend" the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. He said he was compelled "to answer that question in the affirmative."
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld executions — by lethal injection, hanging, firing squad, electric chair and gas chamber — despite the pain they might cause, but has left unsettled the issue of whether the pain is unconstitutionally excessive.
California has been under a capital punishment moratorium since February..."
Edited by John Dolva, 16 December 2006 - 09:47 AM.