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"An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty." Thomas Paine

VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


January 4, 2013

  • Bad news TN pursues new death penalty drug 01-04-13
    I've never understood the political football that the drugs used in executions seem to be. If they work humanely, why does it matter what they are?
  • Good news LETTER TO THE EDITOR No DNA, No Death Penalty 01-04-13
    I've been saying the same thing for quite awhile now, so it's safe to say I agree with this letter-writer. Well, and then there's the fact that we're both right...

January 3, 2013

January 2, 2013

  • Bad news COMMENTARY Maryland death penalty repeal effort 01-02-13
    There may be reasons to discuss the imposition of the death penalty whether they be financial or judicial. Committee diversity, however, comes nowhere near qualifying as rationale for anything other than political correctness and the apparent (and racist) hope that certain committee members would themselves be racist enough to vote according to some expected mindset.
  • Bad news COMMENTARY America's Retreat From the Death Penalty 01-01-13
    The imposition of the death penalty is most certainly not cruel. It's painless, something those on death row didn't offer their victims. And the only thing unusual about it is the fact that we sentence people to death and then can't be bothered to carry it out in a timely fashion. That being said, I do agree that executions should only be conducted when there is absolute certainty of guilt. The death of an innocent at the hands of the state is horrifying to consider, and that mistakes are made within the system is something that can't be argued. I maintain, however, that "cruel and unusual" as a standard to eliminate capital punishment doesn't fly.