This brief article explains why victims’ families opposed to capital punishment are not only unrepresentative, but also should have no say in whether a murderer is to be executed. Capital punishment
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and the FUTILITY of REFERENDA By Lester Jackson With time growing short and the abolition of capital punishment guaranteed if Hillary Clinton is elected to place justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, death penalty supporters are
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
The assertion that capital punishment is unfair long has been a rallying cry for champions of duly convicted depraved murderers whose guilt is not in doubt. The notion that the death penalty is not and
The Sleazy Semantics of Death Penalty Opponents By Lester Jackson, Ph.D. Stunning ignorance from those who would exalt murderers and dehumanize victims. DOWNLOAD FULL ARTICLE
An unbridgeable values chasm exists between victims of the worst crimes and the zealous devotees of their depraved victimizers.
Last month, 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante, protected from capital punishment by five U.S. Supreme Court justices undemocratically imposing their unrepresentative moral values, was sentenced to mislabeled “life in prison” for the October 2009 murder of 9-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten. Four months before that murder, the Court devoted 44 pages to the “embarrassment” of Savana Redding, a 13-year-old searched for illicit drugs.
These and other cases graphically shed light on unelected justices who run our lives.
In common parlance, “getting away with murder” is a metaphor for doing something wrong without suffering deserved adverse consequences. Getting away with actual murder has meant that the killer did not get caught, or else he avoided conviction or appropriate punishment thanks to a good lawyer (often taking advantage of judge-concocted rules favoring guilty defendants).
Because some occupations are hazardous, risking injury and death, Congress enacted the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect workers. While no sane person would advocate avoidable unsafe working conditions for the law-abiding, this sensible view has been grotesquely perverted into an illustration of Justice Benjamin Cardozo’s famous reminder (51) of “the tendency of a principle to expand itself to the limit of its logic.”