What year was the death penalty abolished? Do you honestly believe that violent crime is still down from that year?
Not a chance.
Regardless if it costs a lot so they can exhaust appeals, it also costs a lot to house these scumbags, and knowing they cant kill again outweighs any cost
.People feeling safe > People not feeling safe.
Fact, you kill, you should be killed.
Abolished in 1976, and murder rates has decreased since then, believe it or not.http://canadaonline....itioncappun.htm
And a thing about your last point, I want to raise a hypothetiacal situation. What if people deemed you factually and legally guilty of a murder you did not commit? Now before you say wrongful convictions are a rare phenomenon, they're really not.
Wilbert Coffin - dead due to wrongful execution
Steven Truscott - nearly executed as a 14 year old for a muder he didn't commit
Timothy Evans in the UK - wrongful execution that led to the abolition of the death penalty in the UK
Now if we still had the death penalty, how many of these following people would be dead or on death row?
Donald Marshall Jr., Greg Parsons, Guy Paul Morin, Thomas Sophonow, Romeo Phillion, William Mullins-Johnson, James Driskell, David Milgaard, Kyle Unger. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Now I know you said it would be nice if the likelihood of innocent people not getting executed is 100% since the justice system is run by humans, and humans err. Indeed this is true, which is why there are several safegaurds in place. One of them is the abolition of capital punishment. Or would you rather have innocent people who are wrongfully convicted be "collateral damage"? Because the excuse of "sh** happens" is not a viable one to bring back the death penalty. A wrongful conviction is already considered a miscariage of justice. I have a hard time imagining what a wrongful execution is considered as.
I'm not saying that these two guys are going to be wrongfully convicted, but at the same time, if you bring back the death penalty, you bring it back in its entirety, not just for this case. Think about the repercussions for future cases beyond this one.
Edited by Gran Turismo, 02 December 2012 - 12:26 AM.