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Nevertheless, this is unprofessional and creates the wrong impression. Justice should be impartial and impersonal.

It is true that it may be necessary to execute guys like this, but we should not take pleasure in it. We would have been much happier if he had not committed the crime in the first place.
6 posted on 01/05/2003 9:08:33 AM PST by proxy_user
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I do not agree that it was unprofessional and wrong. The prosecutors were sending a subliminal message that the defendant was going to get their full and complete efforts. Society should demand the death penalty far more frequently in cases of homicide. It certainly cuts down on the recidivisim rate for those executed.

Stay well - Stay safe - stay armed - Yorktown

14 posted on 01/05/2003 9:25:14 AM PST by harpseal
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Your post 6 is right on. We let emotions run away with us in these cases. All the getting drunk and macabe celebrating during an execution is a sign of a babyish society. It gives capital punishment itself, which is not practiced enough in our country, a bad connotation of mob delerium, and the lynching of innocents, and the cheering crowds at the burning of Christians at the stake, the guillotines in France, or the gallows in 18th Century England.

That's not how the death penalty should be. We should mourn that it has to be done at all - that anyone among us was murdered in the first place. It should be somber, and sober. It IS the STATE taking a life, after all, and we should be deadly serious about that.

17 posted on 01/05/2003 9:45:31 AM PST by agrandis
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To: proxy_user
Nevertheless, this is unprofessional and creates the wrong impression. Justice should be impartial and impersonal. It is true that it may be necessary to execute guys like this, but we should not take pleasure in it.

Well said. Justice must be impartial and sober, or else it will descend to the level of jingoism and mob violence. I would bet that those who make light of executing another person -- however justified -- have never seen anyone put to death, let alone killed anyone themselves. Officers of the court are invested with special trust and confidence, and their behavior must be beyond reproach. Most trial judges would firmly but quietly admonish these prosecutors to dress up and behave to the high level of their responsibilities.

This is a changing world, with changing values. One never knows when he might desire an impartial trial of his own...

18 posted on 01/05/2003 9:52:57 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: proxy_user
It is true that it may be necessary to execute guys like this, but we should not take pleasure in it. We would have been much happier if he had not committed the crime in the first place.

Thank you. The death penalty is probably necessary. But that doesn't mean it is a matter for joking or celebration. God loves that murderer as much as he loves me. He has fallen so far that our society needs to take his life. I find no joy or humor in that.

This is as bad as the 'huzzahs' that burst forth whenever someone posts an article about a homeowner shooting an intruder. I am prepared to defend my family, with deadly force if necessary. But if that happens, and if I should find myself rejoicing in his death, I know it will be time to ask God's forgiveness.

22 posted on 01/05/2003 10:19:26 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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Yep...part of me definitely agrees with your sentiments. They SHOULD be more professional and dispassionate. Then there's the emotional side of me which says "Yeah...rub theie faces in it...the !#$!% murderers!"
53 posted on 01/05/2003 6:43:28 PM PST by Pharmboy
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