Murder on Death Row Oct 29, 2008 15:25:00 GMT -5
Post by rj316 on Oct 29, 2008 15:25:00 GMT -5
Wrong answer. People who support the death penalty generally do so out of a personal conviction that MURDER is a crime. The killing of inmates by other inmates would fall into the category of murder , since they have no legal say in who is entilted to live or die.
The State on the other hand has been entrusted by its citizenry to enforce the laws and punishments for violation of those laws. In a Capital State it is the legal obligation of the State thru its Judicial bodies to make the determinations of
A) is the defendant eligible for the penalty of death
B) has the defendant exhausted all legal avenues and eligible to serve the aforementioned penalty of death.
You , me , nor some 2 bit thug like Troy Kell has the legal authority to determine which inmate lives and which dies. That power is placed solely in the hands of the State Judicial bodies and any one other than their representatives who makes such determinations is guilty of murder.
Mr. Dio I was nodding right along with ya 'til I got to the part about "nor some 2bit thug like Kell not having the right to decide which inmate lives or dies...." and it is here that I swerve off in another direction - simply b/c I believe we all have a right to defend ourselves from others who would threaten or inflict bodily harm upon us --- for the reasons laid out in what lead up to this horrific situation it was simply going to be one or the other... someone was going to pay with their life - and now that in turn means that by saving ones life from another inmate you have secured a few more days or (years) before you too will pay for defending yourself by giving your life as the payment for your crime. . . as we are all sure Kell will do one day. (whether we agree with the sentence or not - b/c as you all know - I am in the minority here)