People have asked me how, as the liberal I am, how I can believe in the death
penalty. Two cases come to mind as I write this:
I started out as a
Criminal Justice major in college (I know, from that to art, who knew).
Anyway, the first case study we discussed still haunts me. A woman is
stranded on the side of the road after her car dies. A man pulls over to
help her out. Instead he beats her, rapes her, then kills her by
inserting a shot gun up her vagina and pulling the trigger. She bleeds
to death after the shot basically rips up her insides.
Case two, which I sure everyone remembers. Beaumont, LA.
Three white men pick up a black man walking along side a deserted road.
They tie him to the back of their pick-up truck and drag him to his death.
The police are left picking up bit and pieces of the man's body for days.
These are only a few examples of why I believe in capital punishment.
There was no question that these people were the perpetrators (eyewitness or
DNA evidence) and there is no chance of rehabilitation. Right now it
costs nearly $100,000 (fluctuations by state and facility) to keep a prisoner
alive for a year. Yes, call me barbaric, but what have they done?
An eye for an eye went out in Biblical times, but some crimes there can be no
punishment for but death.