Fast Focus: 'Do we need a death penalty?' Of a split mind

May 18, 2014 

The liberal side of me whispers how, in the past, the penal system has flubbed badly by putting innocent people in the electric chair. One mistake alone seems enough justification to join the ranks of the U.K., Sweden, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and others instead of siding with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Mongolia, and that paragon of justice, North Korea.

However, the conservative portion of my brain says "cruel and unusual" in the 8th Amendment to the Constitution should be changed to "tit for tat." If without-a-doubt natural-born killers like Ted Bundy cannot function in society, am I still my brother's keeper? I'd say emphatically no to that responsibility.

Finally, invoke the death penalty for white-collar criminals Matt Tabbi describes in The Divide, immoral bankers Attorney General Holder shirks. Then I'd truly believe "justice for all" works.

-- Bink Owen, Walla Walla

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