FACT: Innocent man executed by Texas

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    Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says - Yahoo! News

    He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
     
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    So do people support a policy that kills innoncent people?
     
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    A lot of people here support the death penalty. There are those here who (believe it or not) aren't all that sympathetic when they learn that an innocent person has been executed. Todays conservatives are a tough crowd.
     
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    I don't think an innocent person should even be convicted, much less get sentenced to prison and much much less get sentenced to death and FAR FAR FAR less get executed.

    I want all trials to be PERFECT.

    However .. here in the real world, they aren't.

    So. Do we draw the line at the death penalty only?

    Or do we abandon the system of trial by jury?

    Perfection is perfection, after all. And ditto that for imperfection.
     
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    It's a report by a college professor and five students. Hardly proof.
     
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    It pays to look it up because it isn't at all a FACT that an innocent man was executed. All reports say that it is only POSSIBLE that an innocent man was executed. It is also possible that he was guilty as hell.
     
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    Well, he looked like the guy and he had the same name as the guy and he was there like the guy ... but ....
     
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    My objection to the death penalty has less to do with wrongfully executing people or the long delays and huge expense, and more to do with the moral issue involved. I just think it is wrong for the state to execute people, regardless how horrible their crime might have been. LWOP? Of course. Just not death.
     
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    How about the guy with about a 65 IQ, that Bubba snuffed in Arkansas to show how much of a tough guy he was?
     
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    Shockingly, I am not a huge fan of the death penalty.

    It is not necessarily morally offensive for the State to put some beast out of OUR collective misery.

    But it is expensive and it is (and should be) troubling that in a world where the justice system is imperfect, the wrong man could be convicted, sentenced and executed. Later it's too late to say "oops."

    On the pro side of the equation, I cannot help but think of how -- behind prison walls -- a guy sentenced to 125 years to life for 5 horrendous murders of a family (for some depraved reason) is in there KNOWING that no matter what he does, he can never get a realistically or meaningfully "worse" sentence. He can kill a correction officer with fucking impunity. He could kill a fellow inmate (either a true low life or some poor bastard who is there only until his appeal sets him free) and NEVER have to worry about consequences.

    I maintain that just as we have a right to self-defense in our homes, we as a society should be able to hold over his head the credible threat of sitting on old Sparky.
     
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