Death penalty is usually justice delayed

  • Article by: Steve Chapman , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 9:43 PM

It may be the ultimate punishment, but not if it takes years or is never actually carried out.

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cstoney48Apr. 4, 13 9:11 PM

What about mistakes? How can they be corrected?

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basia2186Apr. 4, 13 9:55 PM

When there is absolutely no doubt regarding guilt the execution should be done at dawn the day after the verdict.,

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sharkysharkApr. 4, 1311:26 PM

If this guy doesn't deserve to die for his crimes, nobody does.

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denanderApr. 4, 1311:37 PM

The death penalty may be appropriate for many, but to my understanding, the cost of a death penalty inmate with all their legal issues is much higher than letting the guilty person sit in jail for the rest of their life. Colorado will pay a much higher cost to have a trial and then attempt to execute him than to accept his guilty plea and let him sit in jail for the rest of his miserable life.

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orpheus90Apr. 5, 13 5:49 AM

I vastly prefer living in a state without the death penalty. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in state like TX, for example, where one reads and hears continuous reports of pending executions in the local media. That's got to have a noxious cultural effect. The article refers to a study comparing the relative happiness of Minnesota and Texas families who've been victimized by crime and mentions the duress TX families undergo having to endure the lengthy legal process of capital cases. The researchers are on the right track, but what of a broader measure? Because the debate over capital punishment is often reduced to a narrow matter of rights, victim vrs. criminal, we fail to look at the bigger picture regarding the impact on communities themselves. And I would suggest it isn't just the immediate families that suffer, but the larger community as well.

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supervon2Apr. 5, 13 6:02 AM

I have been following a death sentence in South Dakota for 20+ years and I can not believe how this is dragged through the courts time and time again. It seems like justice will never be served for an admitted murderer. This has to stop.

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firefight41Apr. 5, 13 7:16 AM

I have been following a death sentence in South Dakota for 20+ years and I can not believe how this is dragged through the courts time and time again. It seems like justice will never be served for an admitted murderer. This has to stop. ***************** Best way to stop it is to take the death penalty off the table.

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pumiceApr. 5, 13 7:21 AM

Re: "It seems like justice will never be served for an admitted murderer." The Daddy State weighs in! No Bible thumping in this instance--Justice is ours, not the Lord's. And redefining is allowed--"justice" = "a vengeance-wreaking State".

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kindaliberalApr. 5, 1311:09 AM

How is it delayed? The same thing happens whether he gets the death penalty or not, he rots in prison.

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grumpy42Apr. 5, 1312:04 PM

I have read all of the commentaries here and not one of them mention the victim or their families. Instead of demonizing the system why not ask how they would feel. Perhaps the victim impact statement could be used as a way the family could voice their opposition to the death penalty if they are opposed to it. The Colorado shooter is guilty, there is no mistake, and the death penalty should not be used without dna or POSITIVE proof as a standard not reasonable doubt. The death penalty respects the rights of the victims. The law repects the rights of the perpetrater.

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