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Old 19.09.2012, 19:01
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I think I've suggested this before. But I'd have no moral dilemma in having a small box with pills in each convicted murderer's cell that they could end their own lives if they so desired. It works on two levels, an innocent person would want to stay alive to prove their innocence and if a guilty party swallowed the pill, you'd have the same net effect of punishment without third party involvement. Simples.
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It would be also a crime in Texas
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Have to say I wouldn't worry too much about Texas, their record on executing minors is rather more concerning than their laws on assisted suicide. The idea with allowing convicts (who have been tried and would otherwise have been sentenced to death) to make their own call is a more honest punishment than actually having the state perform an execution. Suicide is an option that everyone has, whether inside jail or out of it, so it's not really any more potentially grisly or medieval than it sounds in reality. The depressed argument is one that leads to deaths anyway, we can't be held accountable for everyone's right to terminate their existence.

Let's face the facts; there is no penal system that works for everyone, we all have strong feelings everytime something gruesome happens and the sentence always depends on geography, circumstances, mental state, substance or alcohol in play, but mainly the country or state where the deed occurred. Breivik would be on Death Row in several US States, China, Japan, Iran etc. My point of view is that society can't suitably punish such monsters, but if they were to exit of their own accord, I wouldn't shed a tear, no one had to commit another crime to rid society of a murderer.

If one considers this option of quasi-suicide enablement to be cruel, I'd counter with the fact that leaving someone on Death Row for over 30 years isn't exactly psychologically neutral either.
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A public stoning is cheaper still. Especially if people bring their own stones.
4 pointy ones and a bag full of pebbles please !
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I think you do not understand the law of the US
And I do not have the slightest desire to do so !
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Of course the God fearing folk of this Land of Dreams like to know that their hard earned Buck is going to be used as sparingly as possible, so execution is a veritable bargain and suitably eliminates any possibility of a costly re-trial when the accused's DNA turns out to be that of the Burger King's drive-thru part time cashier who thought that he'd gotten away with murder decades ago.

All is fair and human in execution and judgement when God is on your side and the crowd are baying for blood; oh, and you're up for re-election in your Republican county.
My objection starts when I hear/read "God fearing" as for example in the "Infitah" it is NOT a God to be feared but God, the merciful, the compassionate . Sure, those God fearing folks are all born in that village where people are always right

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To compare the Republic of Texas and the Kingdom of Canada is a bit extreme. More interesting is to compare rigorous Texas with the far more sensible Louisiana where the term intentional is important.

In Texas you are in trouble if you pay a beer for somebody who considers to terminate his life, while in Louisiana you are not
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