Sunday, August 03, 2008

and this is why I'm against the death penalty.

Innocents go to jail and the guilty walk free. Read here. That includes those that set them up.

On the plus side with the death penalty missing from the UK he only, and I use only ironically, lost 8 years of his life.


At 12:46 pm, Blogger THE PERIODIC ENGLISHMAN said...

Hey Bag.

Well, that's not the reason that I would find myself against the death penalty, right enough - although I take your point - but it would certainly be one of them, I suppose.

For civilised people to find themselves so clean out of ideas, so vindictive in their distribution of justice, so utterly unable (or unwilling) to see that they diminish themselves by resorting to dull-witted murder - well, that's enough to make me despair at their blackened hearts and dulled senses (even though I fully accept and understand their natural desire for restorative justice.)

In other words, it shouldn't even reach the stage whereby innocents may be legally slaughtered, because no thinking person should have failed so utterly in their mental computations that their only response to a captured criminal is to kill them.

Anyhoo, I'm rambling - sorry. With you all the way, in any event, about the poor fool accused of murdering that TV presenter. Any miscarriage of justice is to be lamented and I share your relief that Britain, at least, no longer murders those criminals (and innocents) behind (some very necessary) bars.

Kind regards from Ireland...


At 9:28 pm, Blogger Bag said...

Hi there TPE, I must confess to understanding the desire for revenge. In some cases you read of the way one man treats another and think that there is someone who qualifies for execution in a very painful way. And I do believe that some people cannot be rehabilitated. That life means life in prison and although not death only death will grant them release.

The fact is that in the UK it is not unknown for plod to fit someone up, because they 'know' it was them. Then when the truth is uncovered nothing happens to plod and if the innocent guy was executed then it cannot be rectified, as if money can cover it anyway. That was what converted me from a believer in the death penalty to a non believer.

At 11:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy has an IQ of 75 and he was framed as there was pressure to solve a high profile case, and he was not likely to be able to afford decent representation or even likely aid in his own defense.

This is where he needed a £200- an hour lawyer , giving £200-an hour representatin, even if the client was poor and legal aid was only paying the lawyer £50- an hour.

In the long run it cost him personally 8 years of his life, and the state £1,000,000 in compensation, nevermind legal fees because the lawyer gave inferior service, because they were dealing with a legal aid client.

In the long run it costs us all far more, as this could happen to any of us, given the lack of empathy/commitment when dealing with publicly funded individuals who don't matter.

At 11:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think he should be given one million for every year served.

At 11:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And his lawyer should be disbarred, the police and crown fired!


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