When Society Kills


Capital punishment is not "actual" punishment. It's a capital
reaction to a type of criminal act. It serves no purpose. When a person is
executed, the person learns no lesson. He or she cannot say, "Hey! I
learned my lesson. I surely won't do that again," for he or she is dead.
Although the word "punishment" is used in varying contexts, it is
generally accepted that it is served out unpleasantly to an individual in
hopes that that person learns from the punishment and, therefore, doesn't
repeat the bad deed.
Good grief... So, why execute? The question is one of justification.
It is wrong to deliberately kill another person, yet capital punishment (or
"killing") consists of ...

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Defendants must have a dual trial--one to establish guilt or
innocence and if guilty a second trial to determine whether or not they
would get the death penalty. Defendants sentenced to death are granted
oversight protection in an automatic appeal to the state supreme court.

These constitutional safeguards translate into:
- a more extensive jury selection procedure
- a four fold increase in the number of motions filed
- a longer, dual trial process
- more investigators and expert testimony
- more lawyers specializing in death penalty litigation
- and automatic, mandatory appeals

Since there are few defendants who will plead guilty to a capital
charge, virtually every death penalty trial becomes a jury trial with all
of the above necessary requirements and expenses. In Los Angeles County,
the total cost of capital punishment is $2,087,926. In Los Angeles County,
the total cost of life ...

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Added: 11/13/2007 10:49:41 PM
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