The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I'm so pissed off about this. This harridan conspired to murder her husband and stepson so that she could collect their death benefits. She found two guys to do it, and promised to cut them in if they'd do the deed. So they did it, then they got caught. The trigger pullers both got life in prison, but one killed himself a couple of years ago. So in their desperate appeal for clemency, the bitch claims she's too dumb to execute and that the conveniently dead accomplice was in fact a Machiavellian genius who manipulated her into the whole thing. Who discovered this? A private detective hired by Lewis's family who says that the dead accomplice told him all this in an interview. She never said this during the investigation or trial, she's only trotting it now that it's her word against a dead man's.
Well, she's dead now, so I don't particularly give a damn.
"I think it's morally, absolutely, categorically wrong to take another person's life."
What are the odds she's for assisted suicides?
She's a product of her society, where it's drummed into peoples' heads that the death penalty is immoral, self defense is a crime, political correctness is the Holy Writ, and Islam is the Religion of Peace, who only kill people because they are forced to by the Crusades (and thus we only get what we've coming to us, we caused them to become angry at us and thus deserve to die).
"I think it's morally, absolutely, categorically wrong to [unjustly] take another person's life."
I agree with that. That's why it's crucial to make sure that anyone who does so pays the highest possible penalty for doing so. And that penalty is…
How much you want to bet that this woman has absolutely no problem with a woman killing her child?
There's a big difference between acting in the heat of the moment - self-defence - and acting after due process of law.
I, a Brit, have no problem with the use of lethal force at the time, but I'm absolutely against the death penalty once they're in custody.
That's fine. That's a morally defensible position. I don't share it, but I can respect it.
But that's not what she said.
Would you say that murder is the ultimate crime?
I just had to share this:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse."
—John Stuart Mill, 1862
It is likely that this Lucy Jones has not considered all implications of her statement; at a superficial glance such consideration for human life seems so good not to merit further inspection. But we know better.
Do you know of any place where the whole story of Teresa Lewis is told, or at least summarized? I have heard only one side of it this side of the Pond, and I'd like to know more.
If I were king there'd be some changes made. For example, no longer would it be reported "so and so scumbag was executed today"; it would be "the killer of (insert victim name here) was executerd today". Too often the death penalty foes focus on the poor victim of the death penalty, the killer or rapist or whatnot who was just a victim of society and didn't know any better because of a bad childhood". They never focus on the killer's victims.
Of course I would like to see a higher standard with the conviction of death penalties. If you're facing the death penalty, your lawyer should be someone who can stay awake during the trial.
I'm actually against the death penalty, in most of the cases where it is used. But it's not a moral wrong, in and of itself. But our current legal system is such a joke, since prosecutors operate under a really messed up reward system, that I really don't have much faith in most verdicts that led to the sentence in the first place.
In cases like the Ft. Hood shooter, I have no argument if they seek the death penalty. There were too many witnesses for his guilt to be in doubt. But there are too many cases where they seek it based on circumstantial evidence of guilt.