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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 05:36 PM
Response to Reply #49
61. No
Ending a life is ending a life. The motives are different.

"Does the state sometimes make mistakes? Yes. And that, it seems to me is the starting place for a discussion of the DP. But even when it makes a mistake, the state does just that -- it makes an error in concluding that someone is guilty. It at least endeavored to establish guilt. A murderer, by contrast, is totally unconcerned with anything like that." I'm sure that is comfort to the innocently executed person and their family.

I do agree that the innocent factor is the starting point for the discussion. And, IMO, you can't move beyond that. There is no way to absolutely guarantee that a person will not wrongly be executed because any system involving humans will have its flaw. Therefor, it HAS to be thrown out. It isn't worth the price of one innocent life to satisfy the state's need for vengeance.

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