capital punishment

Today the big story in Atlanta is the execution of Troy Davis, who was accused of shooting and killing an Atlanta cop in 1989. Davis has claimed his innocence and has been on death row for 14 years. His supports say that justice was not carried out, as there was no direct evidence linking Davis to the crime. Seven of the nine witnesses who claimed they saw him shoot the cop have since recanted their stories.

I'm honestly not sure what I feel about capital punishment. If you look at if from an economic stand point, it is more costly to execute someone than have them serving a life sentence, even if they are young when convicted. This is due to all the court hearings and appeals that have to take place to eventually give someone lethal injection. From a Biblical standpoint, God says Thou Shall Not Kill. Pretty simple. However, some argue that families of the victims agree that it does give some type (not all) closure when the perpetrator is executed.

Some people believe that those convicted of either life sentence or death row would rather die than sit in a prison cell until they die naturally, but I have heard that changes when it gets closer to the date of execution.

There is also the point of possibly executing an innocent person (such as perhaps Troy Davis). Life of David Gale anyone?

I'm not sue what I believe. Many mass murderers have mental disorders (mainly psychopathy), so is it really fair to kill them for their brain defects? You can judge me all you want, but I think if I'm being honest with myself, if someone murdered a close friend or family member (psychopath or not), I would want to see the death penalty for that person.

What are your thoughts?

PS: Sorry for the super depressing topic today.


Annie said...

Ahh. I struggle with this. From a fairness standpoint, I believe those who take life should lose their own. But I can't forget I've been gifted with mercy, and because of that, I have no right to say it ought not be granted to someone else.

Rachael L. Anderson said...

Totally agree. Glad I'm not in politics and would have to make this decision.