I have heard all types of arguments concerning the application of the death penalty. Alabama just recently put a man to death for a 2004 murder, even though it was ‘alleged’ that he didn’t shoot anyone. Three police officers were killed and even though Nathaniel Woods never pulled the trigger, he was still convicted as an ‘accomplice.’ I can fully understand total compassion for the families of the officers killed, but should a man who never pulled the trigger be executed? For those who don’t know the story, here is the article:
I ‘think’ the death penalty was implemented as a deterrent to horrendous crime. I don’t know if crime in general has decreased since the death penalty was put into place though. To me, death is so ‘final.’ What happens if you execute a man and then later on find out that he was innocent? I am not saying that Woods was innocent in this case. I honestly don’t know. He may actually have been an accomplice, but does that mean that he should be executed as well? The court systems have to to use the weight of justice to determine outcomes. I get that. However, how perfect is the justice system? Innocent men have been found guilty and sentenced to prison time before. That automatically shows that the justice system is not foolproof. Most trials usually favor the people who hire the best lawyers. Woods pleaded his innocence up until they killed him. While the families of the officers ‘should’ have justice for the murders just how far should that justice go? Does an accomplice qualify as someone who should be executed? If evidence shows later on that this executed man was innocent then what happens to the people who sentenced him to death? Should they then be arrested as murderers (and sentenced to death)? I admittedly find it difficult to think that killing people is the way to show other people that killing is wrong. I’m sure there are some who will disagree with this. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory with Brett Jolly on bass guitar