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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Two must-read Washington Post pieces

Death Penalty Debate Ends Silence Over Family Trauma, by Marc Fisher

Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a child in the back seat of a hot, parked car is a horrifying, inexcusable mistake. But is it a crime?, by Gene Weingarten

Tell me what you think after you read them.

2 comments:

  1. The first crime was violent and premeditated. I somehow think the murderers should be treated with the same amount of respect that they obviously had for their victims. I'm definitely feeling more eye for an eye towards these cretins in this particular case i.e. the death penalty. They need to be permanently removed from society. Why should we spend the money to keep them alive in prison? I'm turning into a nasty and unforgiving person because of these assholes - and I usually don't think it's my place to judge such things.

    The second situation is trickier for me. Obviously it was a total accident and the father is going to suffer more from his own personal grief than he ever could from any additional punishment he might receive. But if he goes unpunished there would undoubtedly be some sickos out there that would regard that as permission to do it to their own kids when times get tough. A non-violent act of negligence definitely needs to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    With that I would say the first case has me leaning more strongly than I ever imagined I could towards the death penalty and I would probably drop the charges in the second case.

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  2. The first crime was violent and premeditated. I somehow think the murderers should be treated with the same amount of respect that they obviously had for their victims. I'm definitely feeling more eye for an eye towards these cretins in this particular case i.e. the death penalty. They need to be permanently removed from society. Why should we spend the money to keep them alive in prison? I'm turning into a nasty and unforgiving person because of these assholes - and I usually don't think it's my place to judge such things.

    The second situation is trickier for me. Obviously it was a total accident and the father is going to suffer more from his own personal grief than he ever could from any additional punishment he might receive. But if he goes unpunished there would undoubtedly be some sickos out there that would regard that as permission to do it to their own kids when times get tough. A non-violent act of negligence definitely needs to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    With that I would say the first case has me leaning more strongly than I ever imagined I could towards the death penalty and I would probably drop the charges in the second case.

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