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     As I have said here, the death penalty has, for years now and for numbers of reasons, been on the wane here.


     And yet, if you are a United States citizen, know this:  your country holds a sad distinction:  along with China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, we account for 90% of executions world-wide. *


     And yes, that's guilt-by-association, and meaningful, and it ought to make you ill and it ought to make you work very hard to remove yourself from this roll.



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Comment by Arthur James on May 31, 2013 at 4:09am


WE get in a national Rut.

People Rut like Wild Boars.

All Life on Earth, Wherever

We Be . . . Can Turn into a

Daily Drudgery. Justice?

We must Transform Self.

The Fools Yield To Goons.

After Death? Bubble Pop?

We ask Cute Fish` Nimo.


Now What? Nemo Lost?

He Float in Sewer Bubble.

Nemo ask` Now What?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 31, 2013 at 4:11am

Yes, Art, we do. Yet I'm convinced:  we'll grow the hell up, too.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 31, 2013 at 6:00am




States With and Without the Death Penalty



Other State Information:
Alabama             Arizona             Arkansas             California             Colorado             Delaware             Florida             Georgia             Idaho             Indiana             Kansas             Kentucky Louisiana             Mississippi             Missouri             Montana             Nebraska             Nevada             New Hampshire             North Carolina             Ohio             Oklahoma             Oregon

Pennsylvania             South Carolina             South Dakota             Tennessee              Texas             Utah             Virginia             Washington             Wyoming
ALSO             - U.S. Gov't             - U.S. Military



States without death penalty:

Alaska (1957)             Connecticut** (2012)              (1957)             Illinois (2011)             Iowa (1965)             Maine (1887)             Maryland*** (2013)             Massachusetts (1984)


Michigan (1846)             Minnesota (1911)             New Jersey (2007)             New Mexico* (2009)             New York (2007)#             North Dakota (1973)             Rhode Island (1984)^             Vermont (1964)


West Virginia (1965)             Wisconsin (1853)
ALSO             Dist. of Columbia (1981) 

* In March 2009, New Mexico voted to abolish the death penalty. However, the repeal was not retroactive, leaving two people on the state's death row.

** In April 2012, Connecticut voted to abolish the death penalty. However,  the repeal was not retroactive, leaving 11 people on the state's death  row.

*** In May, 2013, Maryland abolished the death penalty. However, the repeal was not retroactive, leaving 5 people on the state's death row.

^ In 1979, of Rhode Island held that a statute making a death sentence mandatory for someone who killed a fellow prisoner was unconstitutional. The legislature removed the statute in 1984.

# In 2004, the New York Appeals held that a portion of the state's death penalty law was unconstitutional.  In 2007, they ruled that their prior holding applied to the last remaining person on the state's death row.  The legislature has voted down attempts to restore the statute.

Hope this helps....

The Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment".  Isn't it about time that we determine that the death penalty is, by definition, cruel and unusual.

The racial aspect/element of capital punishment has been analyzed and discussed ad infinitum and ad nauseam....The death penalty has been on the wrong side of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment forever....

Why is it that so-called "right to life" advocates/proponents are overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 31, 2013 at 6:06am

It's a great site, Ron and I've gotten much out of it. Thank you for posting this here.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 31, 2013 at 6:07am

And to be fair, the Catholic Church has been against the death penalty in the last century. They are consistent.

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on May 31, 2013 at 7:23am

Death penalties carried out to executions are irrevocable. Life sentences can take away decades from the innocent, but there remains the opportunity and hope for exoneration. If the American people cling to their need to see retribution with an eye for an eye, let us remind them that G_D told us in no uncertain terms, "Vengeance is mine," saith the L_RD. R&L

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 31, 2013 at 7:27am

:)     That Lord fella has some pithy sayings!

Comment by Ron Powell on May 31, 2013 at 8:18am

The Catholic Church is not, in my view, a typical 'right to life' proponent...

The Church has been anti-abortion/anti-contraception on moral/theological grounds for centuries...It remains, in Catholic liturgy, a mortal sin to engage in, or practice, either....

Most bible belt, Christian fundamentalists, have no problem with either contraception or the death penalty....

The political/social agendas/motivations of the 'right to life' crowd are quite separate and distinct from the posture that the Catholic Church has historically taken....I don't believe that one should not be equated with the other in these matters...

Comment by Myriad on May 31, 2013 at 8:34am

I'm pleased to be the citizen of a non-cap country.  And we have some guys that are clearly guilty (videotape, boasting) and whose crimes were...extreme.  (I've met one or two.)  A. it's barbaric to execute, and B. worth it to keep all of them alive in case of exoneration of somebody (we had a famous case and prob. lots of not-so-famous).

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 31, 2013 at 8:40am

Ron  I largely agree. Baptist positions on these issues are not Catholic ones.


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