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Crime and Punishment???(2 posts)

Crime and Punishment???AllisonHayes
Jun 21, 2002 5:36 AM
OK, I am in favor of the recent Supreme Court ruling preventing the execution of retarded. However, it seems that any ruling creates a litany of new defenses:

Consider the following scenarios:

Don Corlione Guido: NY Mob Boss accused of execution slaying of rival mob gang.

flunked out of pre-school; attended special-ed courses in Italy after years of violence. Never graduated from grade school. Amassed a fortune worth billions; allegedly involved in gambling & prostitution in NY & Las Vegas.

Defense: mentally retarded

Mario Pantini, professional cyclist. Accused of murdering Lance Armstrong in Texas before the start of the 2002 TDF.

Defense: temporary mental retardation brought on by doping

Osama bin laden: terrorist. Accused of 911 and other acts of sedition, terror and murder.

Defense: religious retardation caused by altitude sickness and reading the Koran upside down

Hey, happy first day of summer everyone!!
Catch 22TypeOne
Jun 21, 2002 11:52 AM
Most of us believe that there must be something wrong with a person who commits criminal acts like murder. Take Andrea Yates, for example. We never want to think that someone in their "right mind" would do some of these things that land him or her on death row. If capital punishment can't touch either of these groups, who can be put to death? Because you commit murder, you must be crazy or retarded, and crazy or retarded people can't be put to death.

I really don't know where I stand on the death penalty issue, but making distinctions between who can and cannot be put to death really makes the whole thing ineffective. Too many loopholes subject to interpretation, as Allison points out.