Editorial: Don't bring back the death penalty

Nov 21, 2010 Full story: Santa Fe New Mexican 61

Even strong supporters of the death penalty for those convicted of heinous crimes are feeling queasy over the case of Claude Jones, executed in Texas 10 years ago but proclaiming his innocence to the end.

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AntiLiberal

Springdale, AR

#1 Nov 21, 2010
Bring it back and use it often.
Al Reine

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Nov 21, 2010
I sure don't "feel queasy". I'd gladly throw the switch on the scumbags. I'd do it for free. Heck, I'd gladly pay for the bullet and shoot it myself if sparky isn't working any more. And I wouldn't lose one wink of sleep.
Great Scott

United States

#3 Nov 21, 2010
Bring it back and increase the penalty to include the intent to kill. Which means using any kind of lethal weapon in a crime. And make the excecution more horrible and slow and in a public square. HINT... "draw and quarter".

Since: Oct 10

United States

#4 Nov 21, 2010
I say bring it back too! Hey if you are a law abiding citizen, you have nothing to worry about. Long term sentences are too expensive and the criminals are too dam^ comfortable. If you are guilty of a heinous crime beyond resonable doubt... zap zap baby!

“getting closer to home...”

Since: Aug 08

middle of nowhere NM

#5 Nov 21, 2010
Concidering the evil man can do. there are crimes that deserve death, they are that! whats the new age term? hanious crimes get death, or kill a cop.

The morons running this, and every state, claim there is NO crime "hanious" enough to get death???

I disagree with every fiber in my body,and know exactly, what i would, and could, do to a human being, and hanious will be an understatement!!!

Hang-em rope is cheap and when a child packing a gun hears the snap, and sees the defication, they will drop there gunS where they stand...

limit apeals.
do not allow any outside interference by anyone if the prisioner does not ask, or want.
MAKE THE DEATH PUBLIC,in hi Def!
You have the right to a speedy trial, and a speedy death, no longer than 2yrs from sentence
UNPLUG THE BRAIN DEAD,1 million a day is to steep for tax payers...

Since: May 09

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#6 Nov 22, 2010
You would think from the editorial and most of the news articles that the only evidence against Jones was a single hair. Not true, but it does make a good tale. I have yet to see in an article or editorial (maybe I missed it) with anything about his life of violent crimes, including a murder in prison.

BTW he also did go "proclaiming his innocence to the end".
"To your family, ah, I hope that this can bring some closure to y'all. I am sorry for your loss and hey, I love all y'all. Let's go."

BTW ask the question "Why did his lawyers wait until the last minute to request DNA review?" Maybe they knew that he was guilty as charged and just hope for anything that would delay his execution.

Since: May 09

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#8 Nov 22, 2010
BTW the figures for 2009 (the years the death penalty was abolished in NM) on the number of murders in NM indicate the highest number of murders in over ten years, 175. Only 3 years surpassed that number since 1960.
SamD

Montgomery, AL

#9 Nov 22, 2010
We don't need to bring it back, we need to encourage citizens to shoot more felons in the act.

Since: May 10

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#10 Nov 22, 2010
Three credible witnesses to a malicious criminal act that takes the life of an innocent:
Automatic Death Penalty. No appeals.
another

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Nov 22, 2010
Bill----- wrote:
BTW the figures for 2009 (the years the death penalty was abolished in NM) on the number of murders in NM indicate the highest number of murders in over ten years, 175. Only 3 years surpassed that number since 1960.
logical fallacy
Quark

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Nov 22, 2010
I'm a liberal and I fully support both the death penalty AND private gun ownership.

No matter where you stand on the subject, the fact remains that there are some people who (because of their violent actions and complete disregard for human life) simply don't deserve to live.

I would, however, like to see a person proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (using ALL our resources) and limit the appeal process to one. Death sentences should be carried out within a five year period.
Al Reine

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Nov 22, 2010
another wrote:
<quoted text>
logical fallacy
I say we strap the Santa Fe Gay in the electric chair and test it on him before using it on criminals. I mean it would be terrible if it was faulty and anyone except this scumbag suffered.
SayWho

Rangely, CO

#15 Nov 22, 2010
Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out!
C Collins

Alamogordo, NM

#16 Nov 22, 2010
Even executing one single person would be one too many. The death penalty is unjust as it is given to the poor far more often than to the wealthy for the exact same crime. If killing is wrong, why would killing in the name of a state be ok? It's not, never will be. Civilized people don't kill others.
SamD

Montgomery, AL

#17 Nov 22, 2010
C Collins wrote:
Even executing one single person would be one too many. The death penalty is unjust as it is given to the poor far more often than to the wealthy for the exact same crime. If killing is wrong, why would killing in the name of a state be ok? It's not, never will be. Civilized people don't kill others.
Wrongo,
Civilized people make a point of killing those that need it and ther are plenty that do.
Uncivilized folk like you let anal orifices/orifi (someone clarify) murder and get away with it. That is incivilized and cruel.
OMG

Montgomery, AL

#18 Nov 22, 2010
AntiLiberal wrote:
Bring it back and use it often.
Better yet, put in an Express Line!

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#19 Nov 22, 2010
People who commit murder forfeit their right to live in polite society. For them, the death penalty IS justice.
why

Santa Fe, NM

#20 Nov 22, 2010
Al Reine wrote:
<quoted text>
I say we strap the Santa Fe Gay in the electric chair and test it on him before using it on criminals. I mean it would be terrible if it was faulty and anyone except this scumbag suffered.
would you do that to yourself, deputo? Another one of your kinky games?
Bedrock Bob

Santa Fe, NM

#21 Nov 22, 2010
As many times as our new governor elect has proseuted a completely innocent man, or taken a simple offense and inflated it to seem like a huge deal, I would doubt that we could carry out any executions without making some bad mistakes.

I am 100% for the death penalty in certain cases and feel that it is needed in our society. But as corrupt as we have become I dont see how we could allow it without our overlords abusing it. They already abuse every conceivable angle to profit and to protect themselves. And Susana is a pro at manipulating public opinion and making people seem to be as they are not. It has served her well. If we allow the death penalty while allowing our leaders to be corrupt and greedy we will soon be slaves to our government under fear of death.

Already the right wingers are suggesting an "automatic death penalty" as in Cary's post, completely circumventing any due process. And of course ther eare the "kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out" people who support our overlords blindly as well. We are a nation on the verge of radical beliefs on both sides. As much as I believe in the need for capitol punishment I honestly dont believe we have leaders that are ethical nor responsible enough to use this without abuse.
new keed on da block

Silver City, NM

#22 Nov 22, 2010
How about we just revert to the old vigilante system? We might get a few innocents along the way, but we'll damn sure get the guilty ones!

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