Sunday, September 6, 2009

Heinous Crimes against Children and the Death Penalty

Heinous Crimes against Children and the Death Penalty
What in the hell do we do with the perpetrators of heinous crimes against children, especially when they kidnap, molest, and kill our kids?
Opinion in Politics — by Christine Lakatos — on Jun 03, 2009


Considering over the past few days most of the news coverage and discussions were dominated by the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, we may have overlooked the June 1, 2009 story about a killer and his fate, “In a unanimous decision the California Supreme Court Monday rejected a laundry list of appeals by convicted killer Richard Allen Davis, reaffirming the death sentence handed down for the murder of twelve-year-old Polly Klaas.”

On October 1, 1993, Polly Klaas had invited two of her friends over for a sleepover. Around 10:30 p.m., she opened her bedroom door to grab sleeping bags, when she saw a man with a knife. He tied the girls up, told Klaas' friends to count to one thousand, and then kidnapped Klaas. Over the next two months, about 4,000 people helped search for her. TV shows such as 20/20 and America's Most Wanted covered the kidnapping extensively.

The man responsible for this heinous crime, Richard Davis, confessed to breaking into Klaas' Petaluma home in October 1993 and tying up two of Polly's friends before abducting and strangling the girl. According to the New York Times, Davis was convicted on Tuesday, August 6, 1996.

Mark Danon and Darya Folsom of KRON 4 Morning News reported some of Marc Klass’ reactions to the recent June 1, 2009 ruling . "I had no doubts the death penalty would be upheld. I believe that this is a process that will continue for decades to come and it's really nothing more than a delaying process by the defense bar and the anti-death penalty lobby in this country."

Capital punishment is as controversial and contentious as abortion, and some even try to compare the two, though I don’t see any valid comparison. The death penalty kills convicted criminals while abortion kills innocent babies. There are so many directions I could take this article and questions I can pose, including but not limited to, the history of capital punishment and how many have been executed as a result. Is the death penalty necessary or humane? What methods are used and what crimes are punishable by the death penalty? What about those who are innocent, juveniles, or have mental problems? Is the death penalty really a deterrent and does it provide justice for those victims (and their families) who suffer and die as a result of violent and brutal crimes?

To read the entire article Heinous Crimes against Children and the Death Penalty

This was posted on Blogcritics June 3, 2009 and since I have changed my attitudes about the death penalty and feel these people should be put in PRISON FOR LIFE!

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