It’s another sad day for America.
I just saw this over my Twitter feed:
I’ve been following this the last few days and I was hoping against all hope that the Supreme Court would intervene. They didn’t.
Then, just today, the Arizona Supreme Court received a last minute (hour) appeal. Again, a refusal.
As you know if you’re a regular reader here, I am against the death penalty. My dissension has nothing to do with the economics of applying this horrific measure, or even the idea that there are some that can never be rehabilitated back to society.
My objection is that I don’t believe The State has a right to take someone’s life, no matter how terrible the crime. Yes, I understand a jury of “peers” judged him guilty and in this case applied the death penalty. I don’t agree that juries should have that option. Ever.
Why is it so abhorrent to some that we just lock up those believed to be incorrigible for life without parole? Why is it in our society we believe that we must have blood for blood?
There’s no such thing as receiving closure, as some would want you to believe. A violent death of a friend or a loved one stays forever. Executing the perpetrator, the person responsible, doesn’t make that grief go away. It’s there forever.
We need to start telling our elected representatives that we no longer believe in “an eye for an eye” type of justice. Let’s end state sanctioned murder, now.