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Death penalty does have role in society

Thursday, January 20, 2005

A man walks into a small town bank intent on robbery. But in less than 40 seconds, five people are shot dead and not one dollar is taken. The murderer and his accomplices are rapidly captured. Their trial was held this week and a jury sentenced them to death.

Here's the kicker. The defense argument was that the ringleader had a difficult childhood and a personality disorder. Thankfully, the jury didn't buy that weak and stale argument.

Let's make a wild assumption. Let's assume that anyone who commits five murders might just possibly have a personality disorder. But for God's sake, that's not an excuse for murder and it most certainly shouldn't spare them from the death penalty. And how sad that this savage had a difficult childhood. Does that mean anyone with a "difficult childhood" can escape a date with the electric chair? I think not.

I will never understand the role of the defense in a case that is so blatantly obvious. Why is there this sick obligation from a defense attorney to make some lame excuse for a savage murder? But time and time again, we read where the defense insults the courts and society by placing the blame at the feet of others.

When that gunman fired five shots into his victims, it was no personality disorder nor a result of a trouble childhood. He was intent on stealing money and had absolutely no regard for the lives of anyone who stood in his way. He is solely to blame for his actions. We need to quit making excuses for the savages among us. We need to recognize that some people are genuinely evil and should be put to death for their actions.

In California on Wednesday, a three-time murderer was executed. That's only the fourth execution there since 1977. But the facts of this case are as obvious as the bank killer. Yet there were protesters present demanding an end to the death penalty.

Those protesters should be required to research the lives taken by these murderers. They should be forced to see the damage done by these ruthless killers. I can only hope their attitude would change.

And there's one remaining flaw in our system. The bank killer will now appeal his conviction for the five murders and it will likely take years for his case to inch its way through the courts. His appeal will be based on the same weak excuses offered in his trial. But his day will come.

I'm sick of the criminal element pointing to some past experience as the reason they committed their crime. Why don't we just acknowledge that some people cannot and should not be a part of a civilized society? There's a special place for those people. And it's six feet under ground.



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