Anyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.
From CNN: "Justice: 'Serious flaws' in death penalty" (http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/08/07/death.penalty/index.html)
According to the anti-capital punishment Death Penalty Information Center, more than three dozen death row inmates have been exonerated since 2000.
Said [Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a pro-death penalty group], "I wouldn't say that 20 or 30 cases out of 8,000 constitutes a broken system."
Really? So it's okay to murder, as long as it's only 1 out of every 400? What a maroon.
This is one of the reasons I've never been comfortable with the notion capital punishment. It seems rather barbaric, unethical and unproductive. Studies continuously show the death penalty doesn't act as the deterrent you'd expect.
Mr. Scheidegger is spouting typical lawyer rhetoric. Those 30 of 8,000 wrongfully on death row are merely those who have actually been exonerated. It's safe to assume many more innocent men have been sentenced to death, but Mr. Scheidegger would by okay with that as well. It pleases me that we don't practice this cruel and unusual punishment here in Canada.