I'm kind of old school an eye for an eye in my out look towards crime and punishment.
To quote Beretta,(TV show late 70's for you young folk),"If you can't do the time don't do the crime."
Ian's post however has got this me taking a second look.
I live in Canada The death penalty was abolished decades ago.I have always thought this was an error.I thought we should reinstate the death penalty.
Ian's post for some reason has caused me to reconsider this position.
I started thinking about the wrong fully convicted. I know everyone is innocent in prison.
But Ian talks about prisoners on death row who were wrongfully convicted and eventually released.The same thing has happened in my country. People are convicted and imprisoned for life,only to be released 15 to 20 years later because of new evidence.
I can think of two cases off hand . In 1 an individual in a Saskatchewan prison was exonerated on a murder rape scenario as a result of new DNA evidence that was not possible to obtain at the time of conviction.This individual would have been dead for over a decade before science could have proven him innocent.
In another case a Mi'kmaq Indian in Nova Scotia was imprisoned for 15 plus years for the old murder death kill kind of throw away the key offence. And over a decade latter Donald Marshall was released. He was innocent. Our own Jim Malloney was the Chief Investigator appointed by the Royal Commission.Turns out this poor guy was in prison because it was easier to smear him than to actually be bothered to solve the crime.
I tend now to be less willing to call for execution. Then again the justice system may be in error on 1 murder,but mass murder hmmmmmmm?
[This message has been edited by uglyelk (edited March 27, 2001).]