Rethinking the Death Penalty
by Jim Boyer
The death penalty provision fits with conservative views of justice and responsibility.
Not all murders are done with forethought and an understanding of the consequences. However, it is true that many killers have made the conscious decision to remove themselves from civil society, certainly to deny its morality through the committing of a capital criminal act. These are the ones that I believe meet the criteria for the death penalty.
There are degrees of murder from accidental and manslaughter to first degree with premeditation and purpose, or heinous acts of brutality or mass murder.
Court cases are meant to be decided on presumption of guilt, preponderance of evidence and lack of reasonable doubt. However, this is not reality. Over time the system of judging the accused has been largely influenced by the importance of the conviction rate attributed to the prosecution and plea bargains and immunity deals have taken precedence over deciding innocence and guilt.
While death penalty opponents say it is better to let ten guilty persons go than to execute one innocent person. I always held that with the endless chain of appeals and the decades most convicted murderers spend on death row, the potential for executing the wrong person is very slim.
With images of diabolical brutes like Charlie Manson, Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer in mind, my position has always been, “give them a swift and fair trial and carry out the prescribed sentence expeditiously”. But lately my mind has been opened to new thinking and my convictions are wavering.
My changing attitude has not been brought about by the clever arguments of scholars and philosophers. It has come from the recent explosive exposure of how deep corruption and criminal activity exists within our justice department itself. I have always thought the bad cops are few and far between and that they get weeded out by the honest men and women in the systems of law enforcement and justice.
HOW WRONG I HAVE BEEN!
The actions of not only a few but dozens and dozens of men and women at the highest levels of justice, intelligence and within the legislative and judicial arms of our government have been a shock to my long-held beliefs. Men like James Comey, Robert Mueller, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, James Clapper, John Brennan, former Attorney General Eric Holder and a growing list of their associates have proven that ethics, morality, honesty and even the fear of the law have very little impact on their behavior.
The men are not alone in their corruption and criminal behavior. Led by the decades long example set by Hillary Clinton, women like Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Cheryl Mills, Samantha Power, Huma Abedin, Nellie Ohr, Lisa Page, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donna Brazile, and Valerie Jarrett to name a few, leave no daylight between themselves and their male counterparts when it comes to abuse of the law and an apparent immunity from it.
But, with each new news cycle it is apparent to everyone (except the liberal media) that they are just the tip of the iceberg. They seem to have risen to the top of their respective disciplines because of their deceitful nature and destructive egos.
The trails of corruption and conspiracy exposed by the Robert Mueller/DNC witch hunt show an incestuous relationship between the Washington establishment, political insiders, the media, the intelligence and justice communities and the judges meant to keep them all in line. It has opened my eyes to the reality that anyone, anytime who runs afoul of just one agent in the FBI, or a powerful member of the political elite can be framed and convicted for almost any contrivance of criminal activity. In that same vein it is also obvious that any crime committed by those who have reached the highest levels of the elite power pyramid can be brushed away with a wave of the hand, the wink of an eye or a meeting on an airport tarmac.
I can realize that my feelings on the death penalty are insignificant compared to what our nation has suffered at the hands of these corrupt people and it occurs to me that regardless of what is done to hold them accountable the damage may grow and linger for years as cases they have been involved in are appealed and reexamined.
I see the probability that scores of lawyers are busy examining the decisions brought about through prosecutions involving any of the dozens of dirty players we are learning about with every news cycle. But, how many more might there be that have learned their craft in the Mueller/Comey culture? While most of their attention in the escapades currently being uncovered has been focused on ruining the life of anyone standing between them and their political objectives, does it not stand to reason that many death penalty cases were constructed and tried by them in the past?
The unraveling of their sordid pasts will undoubtedly take years and there will probably be scores of decisions reversed and people released and/or pardoned. It follows that extensive suits for damages will follow those decisions, also taking years and costing millions. This, of course does nothing to correct the injustice done to those who have died in prison.
As I write this the nation is witnessing a bizarre episode of manipulated justice. Although it is not a court of law, the Senate confirmation process examining the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been hijacked by a contrived allegation of sexual abuse with absolutely no corroborating evidence and no credible witnesses to support the accuser.
The decimation of this man’s impeccable career stands as an example of how easy it would be in the future for mob influence to convict an innocent person they might choose to remove from society.
Back to the subject – I’ve always known our justice system was imperfect, but I had no real idea how deep the corruption ran. Subsequently, I can no longer stand firmly in support of the death penalty; unless and until there is a purging and punishing of the bad actors in our justice system and firm policies are put in place to harshly punish future abuse of our laws by people trusted to protect them.
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