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April 12, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
An Ohio man accused of raping and killing a woman in a church bathroom in 2005 has not stood before a jury to this day because the court system is waiting to hear the results of another state's ruling on whether the death penalty by injection is cruel and inhumane. Well, of course the death penalty is cruel and inhumane. It's death, isn't it? It's the so-called civilized way to legally kill someone. It's supposed to hurt. It's supposed to scare the prisoner simple. It's payback for what the prisoner did to his victim, right? Some call it justice. I think the death penalty is immoral. I know that many many of you think it's the only way to settle the score, to end the suffering of the surviving family members of victim. I just think we should put all the murderers and others who face the death penalty on an island somewhere and let them fend for themselves. Air drop some food and water in occasionally. It could be the next most watched moronic reality TV show. I know our jails are overcrowded and the costs are out of this world. But it seems as if the prisoners have found enough legal loopholes to avoid the needle most times anyway. I don't know all the answers and no one in my family has been murdered so, no, I can't feel the pain of victims' families. But I know I could not do it. I could not be the one to cause another's death intentionally in the name of justice. Self defense, yes. Payback, no. Your thoughts, folks.
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