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Old 05-23-2012, 03:05 AM   #76
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Hi Jive,

Did you not see the people I mentioned in my post?

Ted Bundy - who tortured, raped and murdered over 30 women - did he really deserve to live? was he innocent and wrongfully put to death?

John Gacy - one of the worst serial killers who disguised his cruelty under a clown's outfit and killed over 30 innocent boys? was he also innocent?

John Couey - the monster who kidnapped and raped little Jessica Lunsford and then put her in plastic bags and buried her alive, causing her to slowly suffocate to death - a truly innocent soul, right?

Adolph Eichman - one of the main architects and executors of the "final solution". Millions of Jews were herded like cattle onto railway cars and transported to death camps where they were either gassed on arrival or worked to death, slowly dying from malnutrition, disease, beatings, and ghastly experiments - all orchestrated by Adolph Eichman and his cohorts.
A true piller of the community, right?

I repeat - I would have GLADLY pulled the plug on any one of these loathsome creatures.......

If you think that's fucked up.....well, so be it.

......and here's a hug for you too.......
I am interested to see the response to this though.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:29 AM   #77
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I say again......that can't happen today with today's DNA and forensic technology.

I'm a devout fan of real crime shows on TV (like "Crime stories", "Medical detectives" etc.) and the percentage of accuracy in convictions due to forensic technology is astounding. There is no way that a person can be convicted of a crime if he didn't do it.
I watch real crime shows, too.

And you're still flat out wrong.

I hope you're merely pulling people's legs here, 'cause if you're not, that's scary.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:36 AM   #78
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Hi Jive,

Did you not see the people I mentioned in my post?
I know who these people are, thanks. Who's arguing that they were innocent?

If you or someone you knew was personally affected by what these people did, then I could maybe see past what you're saying. I've thankfully never been in that position (though my family was before I was born), but I can sympathize with someone wanting revenge for the death of a family member (it still doesn't make it right - that's why family members don't get to decide what happens to the accused - but it's at least understandable). But for you to gleefully imagine yourself personally putting someone to death for actions that have no emotional impact on you speaks to a certain kind of imbalance. It goes far beyond the idea that a person has forfeited his life by heinously taking that of another and into some sort of sick blood lust.
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I don't know, I can sorta see where AB is coming from there. There are some sick people on this earth who don't deserve to live.
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I don't know, I can sorta see where AB is coming from there. There are some sick people on this earth who don't deserve to live.
That's arguable. But would you take pleasure in pulling the trap on the gallows?
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That's hard for me to answer. I'll never be in that position. I don't think I would though.
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Well the fact that you're not joyously proclaiming it on a message board is a good sign
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I don't know, I can sorta see where AB is coming from there. There are some sick people on this earth who don't deserve to live.
Oh, absolutely. Nobody's denying there are some truly fucked up people out there whose deaths I won't mourn, who have done some deeply frightening, demented things.

But I frankly think the death penalty is too good for them. I'm not exactly expecting those sorts of people to have their conscience get to them, 'cause I don't think they have much, if any, of one to begin with, but I think there could be much better ways to really punish them for what they've done.

I've often heard about criminals who are in jail for life with no parole actually begging for the death penalty, which I think says something right there. And why would we want to give those people what they want?

For the record, I couldn't put someone to death, either. And I sure as hell wouldn't stick around to watch the execution. I think that's a seriously messed up, creepy thing to do. I don't take any joy in watching people die, and I worry about those who do.
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No, because if they were innocent of the crime they wouldn't have been convicted and sentenced to death.

Wasn't the whole point of the thread that an innocent man was convicted and sentenced to death? I'm not going to argue with you on the philosophy of the death penalty because I am not necessarily against it philosophically. I am against it practically however since we don't always get it right. A few years back, several innocent people were released from death row in Illinois because of the manipulations of the evidence by a lab technician.

http://truthinjustice.org/inside-labs.htm
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No, because if they were innocent of the crime they wouldn't have been convicted and sentenced to death.
This is simply not true. Did you not read the article that started this thread?

Study: 2,000 convicted then exonerated in 23 years - CBS News

I'm sorry but you are grossly misinformed.
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This is simply not true. Did you not read the article that started this thread?

Study: 2,000 convicted then exonerated in 23 years - CBS News

I'm sorry but you are grossly misinformed.
Hi BVS,

I read the article and the exerpt below proves my point:

half of the 873 exonerations studied in detail, the most common factor leading to false convictions was perjured testimony or false accusations. Forty-three percent of the cases involved mistaken eyewitness identification, and 24 percent of the cases involved false or misleading forensic evidence.

In two out of three homicides, perjury or false accusation was the most common factor leading to false conviction. In four out of five sexual assaults, mistaken eyewitness identification was the leading cause of false conviction.


DNA doesn't lie and physical evidence doesn't lie either - witnesses can be mistaken and evidence can be falsified, but a murderer's DNA on a victim is a slam-dunk - you cannot falsify DNA evidence.
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No, because if they were innocent of the crime they wouldn't have been convicted and sentenced to death.
And, clearly, as has been established, there have been innocent people who have been convicted. Never mind the death penalty, people have been convicted of a crime they never committed.
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Hi BVS,

I read the article and the exerpt below proves my point:

half of the 873 exonerations studied in detail, the most common factor leading to false convictions was perjured testimony or false accusations. Forty-three percent of the cases involved mistaken eyewitness identification, and 24 percent of the cases involved false or misleading forensic evidence.

In two out of three homicides, perjury or false accusation was the most common factor leading to false conviction. In four out of five sexual assaults, mistaken eyewitness identification was the leading cause of false conviction.


DNA doesn't lie and physical evidence doesn't lie either - witnesses can be mistaken and evidence can be falsified, but a murderer's DNA on a victim is a slam-dunk - you cannot falsify DNA evidence.
But that is NOT what you said. You said "if they were innocent they wouldn't have been convicted", and that is what the article proves is incorrect.

But to add to your story, DNA is still not 100%. It's not a slam dunk. A spouse can have a husband's or wife's DNA on them and still be innocent. Twins and even relatives have been wrongly convicted due to DNA evidence.

There is no absolute when it comes to a criminal system. Unless you are arrogant enough to believe that humans can infallible?
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DNA doesn't lie and physical evidence doesn't lie either - witnesses can be mistaken and evidence can be falsified, but a murderer's DNA on a victim is a slam-dunk - you cannot falsify DNA evidence.
You do realize that (a) lab mistakes happen, and (b) not everyone who is convicted, whether they are sentenced to death or not, is convicted based on DNA evidence?

Here is a great example of a man who was probably innocent, and was executed, and DNA evidence played no role in his conviction:

Cameron Todd Willingham, Texas, and the death penalty : The New Yorker
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Hi BVS,

I read the article and the exerpt below proves my point:

half of the 873 exonerations studied in detail, the most common factor leading to false convictions was perjured testimony or false accusations. Forty-three percent of the cases involved mistaken eyewitness identification, and 24 percent of the cases involved false or misleading forensic evidence.

In two out of three homicides, perjury or false accusation was the most common factor leading to false conviction. In four out of five sexual assaults, mistaken eyewitness identification was the leading cause of false conviction.


DNA doesn't lie and physical evidence doesn't lie either - witnesses can be mistaken and evidence can be falsified, but a murderer's DNA on a victim is a slam-dunk - you cannot falsify DNA evidence.
You live in a fantasy world
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