Thursday, April 17, 2008

Can you believe this?

So in the newspaper (USA Today) delivered to my hotel door this morning is an article about the Supreme Court upholding the right of States to use lethal injection for executing prisoners sentenced to death.
The issue was that prisoners in Kentucky had appealed to the court that the process was unjust in the eyes of the constitution as it was "cruel and unjust" because it caused unnecessary pain.
A Chief Justice quoted that to be successful, the prisoners would have had to show that the process "presented a substantial risk of harm to the prisoner".

EXCUSE me is death not a substantial risk of harm?!!!!!!!!

3 comments:

Colin Campbell said...

Ah Americans and the death penalty. Nothing like a bit of vengeance in the morning.

I understand that no sooner had the court rendered their judgement than the executioners mobile phones were going off.

Further on up the road said...

I couldn't live in a country with the death penalty.

To me society has to stay above petty vengeance (thanks for the prompt Colin).

The bit in this I always find sad. How much is spent on all this legal stuff about the perpatrator and how much on victim support? We always seem to have the balanced screwed up in my head.

Merelyme said...

i agree with you...it doesn't make any sense at all.