Because freedom can't protect itself
Texas' process for determining who lives and who dies *can* be relied upon. A jury of his peers determined he should die, and he did. Texas law doesn't provide a formal mechanism...so the problem is (you think) that there needs to be a mechanism. Great, push for one. End of story.
Personally, I've never understood this huge distinction that's made between depriving someone of 20 years of their life and depriving them of the whole thing. Maybe it's a "God thing", which I'll also never understand. If the Christian God's (capitalized only because the language dictates so) going to give them what's coming eventually, why do they bother with punitive punishments?
Before you laugh too hard at "punitive punishments", execution is NOT punitive. It *is* a deterrent. It *is* a way of removing a negative element from society or the gene pool. Life in prison would be "punitive", but you really have to question the point...punishments are supposed to modify behavior, right? Well if they're never leaving jail, who cares?
Anyway, for a couple of other thoughts, look here: http://capnsurly.livejournal.com/14017.html
Oh, near as I can tell, there is no way to get notification of new comments on a post. Could this be enabled/added?
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It is nice that he was reformed and everything. I am sure that makes all of the difference for the victim.
Suppose he was not executed, how long would he have stayed in prison?
Willie was rehabilitated. Good for him. He died with a clear conscious then. Can we bring back the victim? NO! He was executed for what he did and that is the way it should be. He should have thought twice before killing anyone and he would not have had to die by execution. He was scum and everyone knew it. Funny how they always rehab when caught and convicted.
I ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE WITH THE DEATH PENALTY.I STRONGLY BELIEVE SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE LIVES HAS BEEN TOKEN.TWO WRONG DON'T MAKE A RIGHT SO WHO THE F*CK ARE YOU TO TAKE SOMEONE ELSE LIFE.I FEEL IF YOU DO A CRIME LET GOD HANDLE THAT PERSON.PERIOD.I'M VERY SADDEN ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN TO MR.POINTDEXTER HE PROBABLY WAS AN INNOCENT MAN:-(
Seems deputies and sheriff of Polk county think they are GOD and that it's OK for them to "break the LAW". In this case reguardless of their opinion of this man , they violated the law and THEY should suffer punishment for it!!!!
It's time that every time law enforcement breaks the law ther are punished instead of them being allowed to continueto do so!!! The law is suppose to be for everyone!!!!
I never understand how anyone can rely upon the statements of a desparate person. Pondexter would never say anything except in his defence. I am not interested in whether he has changed. How he goes to his end is his business.
Addutonally, I cannot understand the false comparison between Pondexter's crime and execution by the state. The penalty is not randomly applied. The state does not hide from guilt. The state seeks humanity rather than brutality. The state seeks justice. None of the crimes penalised by the death penalty meet any of these criteria. Those who allege similarity are not to be trusted.
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