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Old 02-11-2012, 11:29 AM  
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You guys do seem to spend an inordinate amount of cash and resources punishing non-violent offenders with jail time.
Yes, that's true. The other problem is sending innocent persons to prison and using up those resources. Yes, that does happen and some that have been released were on death row. As of today 11 Feb. 289 people have been exonerated of the crimes they were convicted of (in the US). The leading causes are:
1) Eyewitness misidentification
2) Invalidated or improper forensic science
3) False confessions/ admissions (including police misconduct)
4) Government misconduct (including misconduct by prosecuting attorneys)
5) Informants
6) Bad lawyering
Kind of makes you wonder if innocent persons have been executed. Is the system perfect? No, it is not. But when a person stands to loose their life it better be perfect. Every time. If it's not then the death penalty needs to be removed as an option. Here's a single example:
"In 1984, John Thompson, a 22-year-old father of two, was wrongfully convicted of two separate crimes, a robbery and murder. While facing his seventh execution date, a private investigator discovered scientific evidence of Thompson’s innocence that had been concealed for 15 years by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Thompson was eventually exonerated of both crimes and a jury awarded him $14 million, one million for each year he spent on death row. The state appealed and eventually the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in Connick v. Thompson ruled that the prosecutor's office could not be held liable for their misdeeds."
http://www.innocenceproject.org/
What was that you were saying in a previous post about criminals receiving preferential treatment at trial? Oh yeah,

Originally Posted by RiponredTJ
Real problems can arise when fair and impartial trials always seem to favor the perpetrators instead of the victims.

Canada does not have the death penalty does it?
for Canada.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:41 PM  
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Many small town court systems are politically run. Who you are depends on your sentence.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:54 PM  
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I agree. In Texas judges and district attorneys are elected. Assistant DA's are appointed by the DA. Because these players are elected they must claim affiliation with a political party. Republicans are the hang 'em high party and have a large support base in Texas. Especially among the upper class, duh. Several years ago the county I live in, Harris County, sent more people to deal row than any other state except for TX, CA and FL. No, that's not a mistype. Only 3 states sent more people to death row than 1 county.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:07 PM  
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Not uncommon here for people from some families to get convicted many times and never go to jail.
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