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house Bill H.R. 4052

Should the Federal Government be Banned From Using the Death Penalty?

Argument in favor

There are numerous problems with the death penalty, including cases where innocent people have been wrongfully executed, its geographically arbitrary application, and racism in juries’ decisions in capital punishment cases. The federal death penalty should be abolished.

Michael.J.L's Opinion
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09/20/2019
Although there are crimes that can be warranted to deserve the death penalty It is a barbaric practice that should be outlawed. And please do not bring up the Old Testament as justification for putting someone to death...if you want to do that then you must accept all the penalties for sin and that would condemn most of us. Also, historical studies since the late 1800's have shown the death penalty is no deterrent to crime. Update: @Raymond, since you lashed out at me I will answer you. Vengeance does not equate with justice. Just because I am against the death penalty does not mean I am against justice. So, before lashing out in such a Neanderthal manner think first.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/21/2019
michael.j.l: great comment! Sorry about poor Raymond, I have been attacked as well- at least it shows he is sort of paying attention, even if he isn’t getting what you are saying. ... updated ... Too many false convictions. Too many convictions decided by jury’s who are easily swayed by skillful prosecutor rhetoric, false testimony, or people who claim to be absolutely sure of what they saw- often found out later to be wrong. Even if it all is clear and indisputable, a summary judgement is less of a punishment than one’s knowing that they will never be free again. Death penalties are archaic and have been shown to not be a deterrent and not to be cost effective. Life time incarceration is enough. ... ... Nay sayers, I think you might change your minds if you were involved with or knew someone charged with a criminal felony. You would see that our justice system is not what you see on TV and not what you see on reality TV, documenting criminal prosecution. The justice system is simply not just. Those that cannot afford legal help are simply run over by a system that treats anyone charged as cattle in a pen awaiting to be branded for life. Logic, timelines, and defensive witnesses are a secondary consideration for prosecutors rewarded by winning, and who capable of painting an emotive picture to a jury who are swung over by emotional concern for victims. Anyone deemed capable of logically challenging prosecutorial conclusions are dismissed early in the jury selection process. Court decisions that prevent juries from even being able to hear contraindicated testimony prevent juries from getting a clear picture of all the factors that could and should influence their judgement. People are convicted with evidence that has been intentionally suppressed by police who assume someone arrested must be guilty. The justice system can and does often render terminal judgements which by any clear and detailed review are simply not just. So once again, NO.
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Hillary's Opinion
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09/20/2019
The federal government has made many mistakes. A death sentence is irreparable.
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Argument opposed

The death penalty is an important form of retribution for heinous crimes and deters people from committing those same crimes. The death penalty should available for federal prosecutors to bring in response to horrific crimes committed by dangerous and unrepentant individuals.

Raymond 's Opinion
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09/20/2019
So if you’re Family member is Murdered in cold blood you are ok with that? Your Mom. Sister, Daughter, Grand Child is RAPED AND MURDERED! You are okay with NO JUSTICE AT ALL??? Seriously. With most coastal states which are UBER LIBERAL leftists. They want to actually let people like those previously stated would be released in months not even years. So these same cockroaches would be free to repeat said horrific deeds. You all are truly repugnant. And self destructive. Idiots. @michaelj And to address the folly that jails are archaic. They are now due to the liberals telling everyone that they are inhuman nota viability in today’s world. Well that’s because you have made them into resorts. Weight Rooms free cable amongst other things poor people in our own country do not have. So yes NOW JAIL IS NOT A DETERRENCE. And as for getting it wrong in court. Rare but yes it does happen although it is sad. You decide to let these cockroaches out back into society. To do it all over again.
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John's Opinion
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09/20/2019
The same people that are against capital punishment are for abortion If you’re for abortion you should be for capital punishment, it’s just a medical procedure except the BABY IS INNOCENT
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/20/2019
Crime in some places now is out of control just imagine if there was no threat of death for the worst crimes. Executing people can take a decade or two in most instances. How do you think crime would be without a possibility of receiving death? I dare to think. I wholeheartedly support and recommend keeping the death penalty on the table. #MAGA
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    Although there are crimes that can be warranted to deserve the death penalty It is a barbaric practice that should be outlawed. And please do not bring up the Old Testament as justification for putting someone to death...if you want to do that then you must accept all the penalties for sin and that would condemn most of us. Also, historical studies since the late 1800's have shown the death penalty is no deterrent to crime. Update: @Raymond, since you lashed out at me I will answer you. Vengeance does not equate with justice. Just because I am against the death penalty does not mean I am against justice. So, before lashing out in such a Neanderthal manner think first.
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    So if you’re Family member is Murdered in cold blood you are ok with that? Your Mom. Sister, Daughter, Grand Child is RAPED AND MURDERED! You are okay with NO JUSTICE AT ALL??? Seriously. With most coastal states which are UBER LIBERAL leftists. They want to actually let people like those previously stated would be released in months not even years. So these same cockroaches would be free to repeat said horrific deeds. You all are truly repugnant. And self destructive. Idiots. @michaelj And to address the folly that jails are archaic. They are now due to the liberals telling everyone that they are inhuman nota viability in today’s world. Well that’s because you have made them into resorts. Weight Rooms free cable amongst other things poor people in our own country do not have. So yes NOW JAIL IS NOT A DETERRENCE. And as for getting it wrong in court. Rare but yes it does happen although it is sad. You decide to let these cockroaches out back into society. To do it all over again.
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    michael.j.l: great comment! Sorry about poor Raymond, I have been attacked as well- at least it shows he is sort of paying attention, even if he isn’t getting what you are saying. ... updated ... Too many false convictions. Too many convictions decided by jury’s who are easily swayed by skillful prosecutor rhetoric, false testimony, or people who claim to be absolutely sure of what they saw- often found out later to be wrong. Even if it all is clear and indisputable, a summary judgement is less of a punishment than one’s knowing that they will never be free again. Death penalties are archaic and have been shown to not be a deterrent and not to be cost effective. Life time incarceration is enough. ... ... Nay sayers, I think you might change your minds if you were involved with or knew someone charged with a criminal felony. You would see that our justice system is not what you see on TV and not what you see on reality TV, documenting criminal prosecution. The justice system is simply not just. Those that cannot afford legal help are simply run over by a system that treats anyone charged as cattle in a pen awaiting to be branded for life. Logic, timelines, and defensive witnesses are a secondary consideration for prosecutors rewarded by winning, and who capable of painting an emotive picture to a jury who are swung over by emotional concern for victims. Anyone deemed capable of logically challenging prosecutorial conclusions are dismissed early in the jury selection process. Court decisions that prevent juries from even being able to hear contraindicated testimony prevent juries from getting a clear picture of all the factors that could and should influence their judgement. People are convicted with evidence that has been intentionally suppressed by police who assume someone arrested must be guilty. The justice system can and does often render terminal judgements which by any clear and detailed review are simply not just. So once again, NO.
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    The federal government has made many mistakes. A death sentence is irreparable.
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    The same people that are against capital punishment are for abortion If you’re for abortion you should be for capital punishment, it’s just a medical procedure except the BABY IS INNOCENT
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    Crime in some places now is out of control just imagine if there was no threat of death for the worst crimes. Executing people can take a decade or two in most instances. How do you think crime would be without a possibility of receiving death? I dare to think. I wholeheartedly support and recommend keeping the death penalty on the table. #MAGA
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    Ignoring the inequality of our legal system for a moment. That fact that it has been scientifically proven that eyewitness testimony is the weakest and worst testimony. Yet our courts still treat it as the end-all-be-all justification to end a persons life.
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    Don’t like it? Don’t commit the crime!
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    If you are for abortion, you should be for the death penalty or your a hypocrite.
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    It needs to be used more often. Like mass shootings should be mandatory.
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    There is no moral or ethical justification for the death penalty. There also is no financial incentive for it. It actually costs more to hold a prisoner on death row than it does to confine them with a life sentence. The continuation of a death penalty with no moral or ethical justification is of particular concern. That leaves revenge, which is based in hate, as the only remaining plausible reason. Revenge as a motive breeds hate, resentment and further episodes of revenge, repetitively, ad nauseum. If you don’t understand why there is no moral or ethical justification for a death penalty you are highly unlikely to understand the explanation.
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    There are numerous problems with the death penalty, including cases where innocent people have been wrongfully executed, its geographically arbitrary application, and racism in juries’ decisions in capital punishment cases. The federal death penalty should be abolished.
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    You never know when you're going to have to care of some traitors!
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    The penalty for murder should not be free food, housing and medical care paid for by the victims families. Kill them swiftly.
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    We need to get rid of the death penalty in America. It is immoral and unjust especially since people are sentenced to death and then found not guilty years later.
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    It’s wrong for anyone to kill another person. The government should set the standard for it’s citizens.
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    If you believe in pro-life as many do then it’s cradle to grave then believing in death penalty makes no sense!!
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    Capital Punishment - Death Penalty is an anachronism. Get with other civilized nations. Deterrence is another myth. Retribution can be achieved with more humaneinterventions. Look at how Germany approaches their criminal justice system.
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    Thou shall not kill.
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    One wrongful death is too many at the hands of the government. If they want to commute to life sentences at least the innocent should eventually go free and the heinous perpetrators will have a miserable existence. An eye for an eye which is where this is based was in the Old Testament and therefore superseded by the teachings of Jesus if you want to look at it from that stand point too. We are the only western democracy still perpetrating this upon its citizens too.
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