|Is there a problem?
From the perspective of a just consequence to major crime(s), a fundamental problem with
the 'Death Penalty' lies in the constraints associated with anything close to sober and
The typical complaint heard from proponents of capital punishment is the notion that the
process of appeals takes far too long and absorbs inordinate resources. While this
argument may have merit, any movement to abbreviate the process seems to lack not
only legitimizing merit, but also passion and/or organization. There seems to be a virtually
universal understanding that any incarnation of capital punishment must include the
procedures to assure an innocent person is never executed- well at least 'to the extent
The notion of executing an innocent person is an argument too often "poo-pooed" as opposed to
held in high regard as the paramount issue to which all other concerns fall a far distant second. It
is an argument regarded as illegitimate by virtue of perceived improbability of occurrence.
Through the span of infinite time and unlimited circumstance 'probability' converts to
'certainty' within the vast expanse of 'all things possible'. If the nature of all things
eternal is to return in cycle, it is you and I who shall one day be the victim of grave
injustice through the mechanisms of the flawed institutions we may-in the present- fully
embrace... If that probability exists we have indeed subscribed to an institution not
anchored in that known to be universally 'just'.
The incarceration of an innocent person is a reprehensible miscarriage of justice...
|The execution of an innocent person is a reprehensible travesty that can never be fully atoned-
making mockery of high principle...Principle merely claimed by one as a representation of self
|The application of justice by irreversible measure (State-Sanctioned death being a
great example) seems unlikely to co-exist as a component to any continuum of
'prudent' and/or 'just' application of collectively imposed consequence
capital punishment actually punishes the victim