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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 12:17PM #1
mountain_man
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Here's the story.

A quote: "He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found."

I'm not suprised this happened in Texas.

How many innocent people have to be murdered by the government before some start to realize that capital punishment is just plain wrong?

How many times must a man look up,
before he sees the sky?
And how many ears must one man have,
before he can hear people cry ?
And how many deaths will it take till we know,
that too many people have died?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.
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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 1:15PM #2
Iwantamotto
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Just once I'd like to see a falsely-executed person story that isn't over 15 years old before modern forensics.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 1:20PM #3
mountain_man
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That shouldn't matter since killing people is wrong.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 2:00PM #4
Yavanna
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May 15, 2012 -- 12:17PM, mountain_man wrote:





How many innocent people have to be murdered by the government before some start to realize that capital punishment is just plain wrong?



It's a good question, I don't know. I don't understand how killing even ten thousand evil people is worth the loss of one innocent life.

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While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 2:04PM #5
MysticWanderer
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In this case the justice system failed TWICE!   First an innocent man was wrongly executed.  Second because of sloppy police work the guilty man remained free and killed another. "Modern forensics" may have done little in this case as there was little evidence to examine.  Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable as any rookie cop aught to know.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 2:06PM #6
Yavanna
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May 15, 2012 -- 2:04PM, MysticWanderer wrote:


In this case the justice system failed TWICE!   First an innocent man was wrongly executed.  Second because of sloppy police work the guilty man remained free and killed another. "Modern forensics" may have done little in this case as there was little evidence to examine.  Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable as any rookie cop aught to know.




It's a cause for concern when our peace officers mistake themselves for police.

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In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 2:18PM #7
TPaine
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The problem I have with capital punishment is that if the person is later proven innocent he or she can't be brought back to life. English jurist Sir John Fortescue wrote in his De Laudibus Legum Angliae (c. 1470), "Indeed, one would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape punishment of death than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally." This later became known as Blackstone's formulation.


Here is a Link to an article about 8 innocent people who were wrongly executed.

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 2:32PM #8
Yavanna
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May 15, 2012 -- 2:18PM, TPaine wrote:


The problem I have with capital punishment is that if the person is later proven innocent he or she can't be brought back to life. English jurist Sir John Fortescue wrote in his De Laudibus Legum Angliae (c. 1470), "Indeed, one would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape punishment of death than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally." This later became known as Blackstone's formulation.


Here is a Link to an article about 8 innocent people who were wrongly executed.





Thank you, Tpaine! I'm going to go read more about Fortescue right now. =)

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While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gloaming golden hoard
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To hide in gems on hilt of sword.
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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 7:25PM #9
REteach
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Modern forensics? That doesn't matter. The state does not have to test DNA they have to see if the right person was convicted. In fact, Texas has not wanted to. 

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2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2012 - 9:50PM #10
mountain_man
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May 15, 2012 -- 2:00PM, Yavanna wrote:

It's a good question, I don't know. I don't understand how killing even ten thousand evil people is worth the loss of one innocent life.


They only want revenge, they don't worry about the few innocents that get in their way. It doesn't matter anyway; capital punishment is just plain wrong. It makes no sense to kill people to show that killing people is wrong. It does nothing but devalue all human life.

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