May 19, 2012

The slow death of the Death Penalty in Connecticut - Nullification or '"Progress"

It is extremely interesting to me that whenever we hear a discussion or debate concerning the death penalty, one of the most common phrases  coming from the lips of death penalty abolitionists is revolves around "the
 value of human life."

Ironically, this reference is never made about the victims of capital murders, bur rather it is consistently made on behalf of the lives of the convicted murderers and rapists that took other peoples lives.

Those men and women either facing a death sentence for committing a series of capital crimes or...inmates languishing on death row as their state paid attorneys obligatorily push appeal after appeal through their respective court systems fighting tooth and nail for the lives of men whop have been convicted of capital murders rapes child abductions torture and more.

In our Connecticut legislature and judiciary committee we hear a great deal about the rights and plights of convicted  murderers and/or rapists who have taken the lives of typically more than one victim in the most violent of ways (certainly in our state of Connecticut nearly every man on death row 14 now was convicted of murdering and or raping at least two or more people, with the exception of one man who murdered a police officer in cold blood)

We  hear over and over again from abolitionists that the death penalty is nothing more than revenge, and revenge of course is  uncivilized and wrong.

Justice is not revenge.

Putting Joshua komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes to a quiet death via lethal injection is most definitely not revenge. Connecticut's death penalty is one in  name only, but in theory it includes the use of a sedative kindly given to the convicted child rapist and murderers, which simply puts them to sleep upon a padded gurney, minutes before a medication is administered that stops their heart.

Bear in mind as well that these two men if they ever were actually given their death sentences, would live for many many years in prison long before those  "sentences" would actually be imposed. Ten to twenty five years to be exact is our countries average -thats 20 years of  breathing eating reading writing drawing and visits with family members as well as phone calls. All things that their victims can no longer enjoy, nor can the victim;s families visit thier loved ones, even through a glass partition

I would wager a guess that Dr William Petit and his family would give anything to simply see his wife and children even one more time albeit with a piece of glass between them for an eternity if that was all he could have.. He and his family do not receive that privilege  It was ripped from them by two men who wanted to rape predate torture control and ultimately murder thier victims to destroy evidence and as a sadistic climax
to their evening of terrorizing an innocent family.