krs wrote:I know it's been brought up numerous times, but I think it is extremely naive to assume our justice system can or will always convict the actual person who committed the crime. You may not be concerned with that, however.
You are speaking as if I am a die hard proponent of the death penalty, I am not. I do not care what they do to these criminals. Kill them, throw them in jail, do not care. If people think that innocent people being executed is happening, they should work to reform the system or ban the death penalty in their state, if that's what they feel is the right thing to do. I can see where that would be a cause people would get involved in and I fully support it. I also see where killing a terrible, extreme murderer would be the correct thing to do and fully support it if it's currently an option and the survivors want it. No problem with that. All you can do is work within the system you find yourself in best you can or work to change it best you can if it's not what you want it to be.
I do not see where executing innocent people is an argument for banning the death penalty, though. If you were completely innocent of a terrible crime, and convicted of it anyway, would you rather spend the rest of your life in prison or just be executed and be done with it?