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Sweet and Salty

Renaissance Girl
Apr 12 2014, 09:45 PM
Apr 12 2014, 09:35 PM
Renaissance Girl
Apr 12 2014, 09:09 PM
Apr 12 2014, 08:58 PM

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I think the only crime where the death penalty should be applicable is homicide. Rape is horrible but I think life in prison would suffice. I would like to believe that anyone is capable of remorse but as I've gotten older I realize now that there are such truly evil people in the world. Not everyone has the capacity for remorse.

Sociopaths and psychopaths are very good examples of those. Although I think it is technically true that anybody can choose to repent and make up for their misdeeds but for some people, they just don't have the capacity to do that. And even if they do, they just don't care either way.

If someone were to murder another in such a horrific way, I'd personally be advocating for that person to die. I think the justice system has been way too lenient on the criminals and too harsh on the victims. If an eye for an eye is the only way to send the message that crime will not be tolerated, so be it. I really would like for some criminals to be rehabilitated and I don't think it's wholly a bad idea but most of the time it just doesn't work. I wish things were different though.
To be clear, I don't think victims owe anyone forgiveness. They have a right to deal with their pain, anyway they see fit (as long as they're not taking justice in their own hands).

About your other points, "Sociopaths and psychopaths" are such a tiny subset of our society, we can't base our legal system on them. The Ted Bundys and Charles Mansons of the world are few and far in between. That's why they attract international headlines. Most criminals are either screwed up human beings or people who made huge mistakes.

And as someone who did an internship at a criminal courtroom, I disagree with you about our criminal justice system being lenient on anyone. Maybe the very few people with privilege who can afford a competent defense but most people who are accused of crimes, either plead guilty or have such a shoddy defense they get the max for small crimes.
I never said the victims have to forgive the perpetrators. They can curse them until the end of their days for all I care.

Well, in that case, I'm gonna have to take your word for that. Maybe the reason why there seems to be so many sickos in the world is because the media keeps on reporting on them. Ah, man... I really need to lay off reading comments off the CNN boards. They're the ones complaining on how the justice system is too lenient and on how they would be glad to be the first person to put a bullet on someone's head. They are some of the most negative, cynical and bitter people in the entire universe. Always insulting people by calling them 'stupid conservatives' and 'libtards'.

And I could have sworn our Constitution guaranteed the accused the right to have a lawyer to defend them if they cannot afford one. Oh well.
Yeah, I'd say that would be a good idea. :blulaugh:
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