a perfect article on why the death penalty should be illegal

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/opinion/10thompson.html?_r=2

    its also a great example of why prosecutors should face stiff criminal charges for misconduct and illegal behavior during an investigation. this guy was set to die because prosecutors wanted him dead and refused to turn over evidence that would clear him.
     
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    It's unfortunate, but I dont think that murderers should get off lightly just because every now and then things like this happen to someone who is innocent. Cases like this are very few and far between, and are no reason to not put to death someone who is guilty.
     
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    do you have stats to back up this? people thought the same thing about dna-based evidence and now look at how many people are being freed after dna analysis supposedly convicted them. our government is corrupt at levels and its bullshit that a local prosecutor with an agenda or personal issues can get people killed and not be held responsible for it.

    and I didn't say 'get off lightly' they should just receive life in prision instead of being killed by the government
     
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    I am 100% in agreement with you. As soon as life means life without the possibility of parole. Let me know.
     
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    It is not an article, it is an opinion piece. Besides, death penalty advocates do not think that we have ever killed anyone who was not guilty. They can actually point to Thompson as more proof that the system works, eventually.
     
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    I have been arguing for years that DNA should only be used to exonerate, not to convict. We do not know enough about DNA to have reliable statistical models to predict the occurrence of markers in a population, yet courts routinely allow testimony that the presence of a certain marker only occurs once in a billion.
     
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    Personally....if I had to go to prison for the rest of my life? Just kill me now.

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    Go ahead and do it for yourself, sparky, rather than putting it off on somebody else.
     
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    The only problems with the death penalty are that we don't use it nearly enough and people sit on death row for 20 years before being executed.
     
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    A better article would be one of an innocent man that had been wrongfully executed.


    Got any of those?
     

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