As far as error rate, I don't have the time nor inclination to delve into the project innocence link, but just to make a point, I have read of many cases where some people haven't really been exonerated at all, but just had some new or, prior but not accepted, reasons to question their conviction, big difference between that and exoneration. So , I'd like to make sure that the term "exoneration" is being properly used in these debates.
I believe if 20% was even close to accurate, it wouldn't have been hard for Spot72 to find a link and provide it. Not to mention there would be an uproar in general. And your spot on about the exoneration thing. I'm sure many of those exonerations merely reduced some sentences from death to LWP. With all that being said, the work that the Innocence project does makes me proud to be American
One thing I've read about Project Innocence- don't know if its verified, and even if so, I suppose from a technical legal perspective, it makes sense, but that they pick thier cases not becasue they believe the person is innocent--- "innocent" here meaning that they did not actually do the act of which they were convicted--- but rather, use as thier criteria cases where they think that they have detected some legal weakness in the conviction that may lead to a successful appeal.
Now, I get the practicality--- I mean, why take a case with little chance of success and not ones with good prospects-- but it just kind of rubs me the wrong way, they seem to be portrayed as seeking out or repping those that come to their attention who they actually believe are innocent.
But, then I guess just about all lawyers really don't care if their clients are innocent or not.
Well but that would make sense. I mean how else would they pick the cases? They must see something that just doesn't look quite right and they end up serving someone who probably wouldn't have the resources to prove their innocence.
• 18 of the 302 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 16 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death.
But I also think this technology should used in a prision for the criminally insane. When you have a person that stop themselves from killing for what ever reason. I tend to think, what more proof do you need that this person is criminally insane? We have an addiction theory for everything. So why not murder too? Why would medical science not even consider that the reward system of this persons brain has somehow wired it's self for an addiction to murder? Maybe their brain has developed a malfunction or dysfunction of the brains self preservation system that results in serial or mass murders. Maybe their brain is improperly processing sensory input as threats to their existence or their risk tollerance level is too low? There are just way too many questions about these people and we need to find answers to those questions. Psychiatric prision and humane research center is the way to do that.
Ken the death penalty debate is similar to illegal immigration. These groups have a plan to end capital punishment nationwide and are pushing one state at a time they even mentioned making a push after more than half the states have banned capital punishment which will NOT happen since people elssewhere in the US still believe in American values and are not that liberal and left wing as Maryland.
It was the same with illegal immigration. They want more and more states to pass Dream Acts so they can more easily push for a generalized amnesty for those people. Obama has not hidden his support for illegal immigration. There are many liberals who believe that every illegal should be legalized. And Ken I am here becaue my family is here because as much as I hate the government I do love my family. One day we may well move to Virginia or back to Louisiana or somewhere else with lower taxes and less crime.
And Ken why can't anyone point out other states just so we can LEARN from them. So your mentality and sigmalady is love it or leave it. Remember when conservatives said that about America during the Iraq war? How dissent is patriotic. I guess you liberals are so open minded now.
Why can't I point out that gas in South Carolina was $2.95 a gallon last summer, or that Virginia's cigarette tax is a THIRD that of Maryland's, or that Virginia has much lower income taxes, cigarette taxes, and alcohol taxes and that rural Virginians are not expected to subsidize the DC area's mass transit while rural Marylanders have ot subsidize Montgomery County and Baltimore? why can't I point out that there is more justice for crime victims in Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas which all have the death penalty and juries and judges that have the balls to use it???
Why can't it be pointed out that in other states, citizens are ablee to tell their elected officials that if they raise taxes, they will lose the next election? Why can't we LEARN from states other than New Jersey and New York and California?
I read where Gov. O’Malley says that the Death Penalty doesn’t work.
Sure it does.
They are dead!!!
Most citizens believe that murderous thugs should get the death penalty.
If the death penalty is eliminated, I think we need to establish prisons exclusively for murders.
23 hours a day in a cell, a door opens to a small exercise dog kennel like area attached exclusively for each cell, once a day for one hour.
ZERO contact with other inmates.
No TV or radio. All the religious materials they want and maybe a weekly newspaper.
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