Friday, January 21, 2011

What a waste of our tax dollars


Just the other day, a Pittsburgh man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the premeditated murder of another city man. My first thought was, why in the world are we NOT executing this guy? The murderer, Luzay Watson, is 22 years old. Based on average life expectancy, we could be feeding, clothing, housing and providing medical care to this guy for the next 50 years, just so we can keep him in a box. Of course, who knows how much money would have to be spent fighting endless legal appeals if Mr. Watson had been sentenced to die. That's another problem that needs to be addressed. I'm all for allowing condemned people – or anyone convicted of a crime, for that matter – to avail themselves of appeals. The initial court decisions aren't always right, and our justice system should do everything possible to ensure that an innocent person is not jailed for life or executed for a crime he didn’t commit. But there’s no reason why a convicted killer should be allowed to play the system for 30 years or more to avoid having a death sentence carried out. Leon Czolgosz, who assassinated President William McKinley, was convicted on Sept. 24, 1901, and put to death just over a month later. Perhaps we could find a happy medium between these two extremes.

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3 Comments:

Blogger PRIguy said...

I'm a firm believer in the death penalty. Here's how I would handle a situation like this: the criminal gets convicted of murder. Okay. He or she gets one week to appeal the case. If the verdict stands, escort the criminal out of the courtroom right to the electric chair...NOT the lethal injection room. Fry the scum. Yeah, I know...DNA evidence, appeals, blah, blah, blah. I don't care.

I also think that rapists and child molesters should be put to death. Yeah, the death penalty might be extreme, but I guarantee that the convicted person will never commit another crime. There are just some things that you can't rehabilitate.

January 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really care to comment on the death penalty. As far as incarceration, can't we put some of these prisoners to work ?

May 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous blackballed said...

BRANT WE NEED TO HAVE THOSE SENTENCED TO DEATH PUT ON TV JUST LIKE ALL THE TRIALS TODAY..WE COULD DO A CHEAP PAY PER VIEW..$ 10 TO VIEW THE LATEST KILLER RECEIVING THEIR JUSTICE JUST THINK WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES WOULD BE OF THOSE THINKING TWICE BEFORE TAKING SOMEONE LIFE OR RAPING A YOUNG KID.BLACKBALLED

July 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM  

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