Is Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual Punishment?


Which is crueler?

The rape and murder of a mother and her two daughters or the execution of the man who did it?

To liberals the answer is simple – they believe that it’s crueler to execute the criminal than what he did to his victims. Their solution is to allow the criminal to spend the rest of his life in prison at a cost of over $100,000 per year to taxpayers. How many of you make $100,000 a year? I sure don’t!

Explain that to William Petit of Cheshire, Connecticut. Two men had invaded his home. They raped and murdered his wife, murdered his two daughters and thought they had killed him before setting the house on fire. Petit survived and was able to help identify the two men who were arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

That is until the Connecticut State Supreme Court betrayed him and his family by declaring the death penalty in Connecticut to be unconstitutional. In a 4-3 decision, the majority agreed that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and that it no longer fits with the values of our evolved society and that it no longer serves as a useful form of punishment.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers disagreed with the majority decision. In his dissent, he accused the majority ruling members of the court of being fundamentally flawed at every step of their ruling. She wrote:

“The majority’s determination that the death penalty is unconstitutional under our state’s constitution is based on a house of cards, falling under the slightest breath of scrutiny.”

“…the majority disregards the obvious: the legislature, which represents the people of the state and is the best indicator of contemporary societal mores, expressly retained the death penalty.” [Referring to pre-2012 crimes.]

Justice Carmen E. Espinoza also was a dissenter in the ruling saying that the death penalty did meet the current values of decency and punishment. She also encouraged the legislature to re-visit the issue by saying that the court’s decision did not necessarily ‘strike a dagger into the hearth of the death penalty.’ In her dissent she wrote:

“Because the majority opinion has grounded its decision on the conclusion, albeit incorrect, that the death penalty no longer comports with evolving standards of decency, the legislature has the power to reenact the death penalty. As the majority recognizes, there is nothing that requires that the standards of decency evolve only in one direction.”

Justice Peter T. Zarella wrote a third dissent with Justice Espinosa stating:

“If the legislature, as the majority claims, had rejected the death penalty only on the ground that it is barbaric, excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory, then why would it have enacted a retention provision specifically allowing executions to go forward for all current death row inmates, and why would it have permitted future arrests, indictments, the commencement of trials, and executions to be carried out with respect to those who had not yet been charged with a capital crime but who had committed such a crime before the effective date of [the revised law]?”

The court’s decision affects 11 death row inmates including the two men who attacked the Petit family.

Petit responded to the state’s high court decision, saying:

“The dissenting justices clearly state how the four members of the majority have disregarded keystones of our governmental structure such as the separation of powers and the role of judicial precedent to reach the decision they hand down today. The death penalty and its application is a highly charged topic with profound emotional impact, particularly on the victims and their loved ones. Justice Espinosa, in her dissent especially, forcefully and compassionately recognizes that devastating impact.”

The death penalty is a very controversial issue with many people, liberals and conservatives. I know of many Christians who are against the death penalty but I am not one of them.

If the death penalty is so cruel and wrong, then why did God Himself give us His laws that required the death penalty for a number of crimes including murder and homosexuality? Yes, Jesus did fulfill the Law and made the Temple law no longer valid but He did not replace or do away with the criminal or corporal laws of the Old Testament. If He had then the Ten Commandments no longer are valid, are they?

When the harlot was about to be stoned to death, Jesus told the crowd that let he who is without sin cast the first stone and then forgave the harlot and told her to go and sin no more. He did not abolish the death penalty rather he was making a point that we are all sinners and look at our own sins and that we need to be careful about accusing and judging others.

True that God is a God of love and Jesus preached love, but God is also a God of justice who will one day again judge the world. He raises up nations and He brings down nations, as He is currently doing to America for turning away from Him.

Saying all of that, I believe that the death penalty is more just and humane than bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to allow criminals to rot in jail for the rest of their lives. I also believe that executions should be made public because public executions do serve as a deterrent to some who will think twice before committing murder, thus saving lives.

The problem with our penal system today is that too many bleeding hearts have made it impossible to actually punishment criminals for their crimes. They are far more concerned with the treatment of criminals than they are with their victims and the family of the victims. Ironically many of these are the same bleeding heart liberals that support murdering millions of unborn children.

How many times have you heard of someone robbing, beating, raping or murdering someone while they were out on parole or probation? A 25 year sentence usually means that the person could be released in as little as 5 to 7 years. What kind of deterrent is that? A 25 year sentence should mean 25 years. Yes, you guessed it, I’m 100% against parole or probation because I’ve seen and heard of far too many people being victimized by criminals freed early.

Perhaps if our penal system did what it’s supposed to do and stopped letting every one out of prison early, we may not have as much crime. There are many criminals who say that jail is not a deterrent, especially for a first offense because they know they’ll walk with little or no time served. But if they knew that early release is no longer an option and that they’ll be serving their full sentence, and then maybe they’ll start thinking twice before committing the crime.

I say it’s time to institute ‘do the crime – do the time’ or ‘you take a life – you forfeit your life.’

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