~ Brittany Holberg, (Texas) ~ May 12, 2008 16:28:18 GMT -5
Post by David on May 12, 2008 16:28:18 GMT -5
The point here is you will look at those facing the death penalty a bit differently as you become a bit more opened to look at what happened to this person that put them there. They become real people....not names and tag numbers and headlines and trial transcripts.
The other issue I have concerns about are that I am no longer confident that there are not more innocent people on death row then we wish to admit. Too many times and recently we are hearing more and more about people in the prison system who have been there sometimes upward to 20 plus years who are found to be totally innocent. I believe there are people on death row that are innocent of their crime. I feel we should have a moratorium on the death penalty and allow the technology to catch up with these cases.
In regards to Brittany.......I have read much about her case.....read through her appeals, etc.
I am not at all convinced that it played out exactly as some point too. We know what the end result was but I am not certain we know exactly how this got started and I am not convinced this was or is a death penalty case.
This has been a heated debate here for the last few days. I personally respect every antis's position on the death penalty, I do believe we need it in our society. The death penalty is designed as a punishment, for only the most heinous of all crimes. I personally sat on the fence for many years. I asked all the same old questions, what if we execute the wrong person, can this person be rehabilitated, did this person have a bad day. What about this persons family that will be left. Then I took a long look at the people on death row, here in Florida. The Florida Dept of Corrections is a great place to start your look. You can see how many times someone has been in prison, how many chances they truly had, then google the persons name and see the articles about their crime. What they did and to whom. The DP I then realized is not about paybacks, it is not about deterrence, it is about punishment. It is about making us safer as a society.
Life with out parole is the anti s's answer to our safety, well take a look at Hugely in Tenn. He is called the poster boy for the DP. So LWOP is no guaranty we will be safe from these people. As far as executing an innocent person, with the appeals process in place today, That is almost impossible, yes people are sentenced to die who are latter exonerated, but truth be told, if those same people where given LWOP no one would be fighting as hard to exonerate them.(It is a cold hard ugly fact, that those with money can buy there freedom easier than those who are broke) and truth be told, I wish we didn't have a need for the DP, but as our society crumbles everyday, we do have a need for it. As soon as criminals stop murdering, torturing, raping and committing horrible acts of inhumanity, we can stop executing these animals.
Ms Holberg was tried by a jury, and convicted. She had a separate penalty phase where the same jury recommended death, and it was followed up by the judge. Obviously those 13 members of our society felt that this case warranted it. Ms. Holberge had several "opportunities" to stop this horrendous crime, she chose not too. Ms. Holberg has no one to blame except for herself. There is no question in your mind as to guilt, as you had stated, We can agree that she did commit the murder, than why did she not stop sooner, AB probably would have been just as dead. Why did she not leave without his money, and the biggie, Why did she put a broken lamp down his throat? What makes this person deserve(mitigating factors) to spend the rest of her life in a cage?