At What Point Does This Stop?

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve made it very clear where I stand on the Death Penalty. You know, I’m staunchly in favor of strict and solid law enforcement, I believe in our court systems, and I feel that in order for other programs such as urban development and even immigration, in order for my liberal ideas to work, they rely on fair, just, and stringent law enforcement.

And for me, law enforcement is a moral issue; it shows the decent legal citizens you are governing that you care enough about them to provide a safe environment for them to live in.

But the Death Penalty has little part in this. While there are some studies to dispute the claim, what we do see is that states that employ the death penalty actually have a higher number of incidents punishable by death, leading one to conclude that it doesn’t work well as a deterrent.

And then there is the finality of the endeavor. Once someone is executed, you can’t unexecute them, and with the usage of DNA evidence becoming so frequent, what we are seeing is a number of people being convicted, spending years in jail, and then we come to learn that DNA evidence proves them innocent.

In the case of Troy Davis, DNA evidence isn’t even a factor. In fact in Davis’ case, who is set to be executed tomorrow, they haven’t even found the gun he supposedly used to shoot and kill an off duty police officer. While the evidence was built around eye witness testimony (in the middle of the night when many witnesses say it was too dark to tell for sure), Davis was convicted and set to die, and now it seems that much of that testimony is being recanted.

But it’s not looking good for the twenty-year-old who was hoping to join the Marines. Laws put in place under the Clinton administration make it difficult to overturn death penalty decisions, and the final result? Again the possibility that we may be putting to death an innocent young man, one who had hopes of serving his country.

This is a fundamental part of the other pro-life argument. That with the finality of the death penalty, we could be putting to death innocent people. But here’s the rub, since the reinstatement of the Death Penalty, we’ve yet to see proof of this happening, and tragically, we seem bound and determined to test the waters until we do.

This is not moral, which goes to the heart of why I’m against the Death Penalty. It’s a moral issue for me. I do not believe that more death creates justice, only more death.

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