Now we might lose some innocent people to this experiment, but think about all the loud mouthes it will shut the fuck up. No more can the Innocence Project scam the youth and other useful idiots of this nation into thinking that a significant percentage of the men in prison are there due to institutional racism of the past, or selective enforcement, or whatever excuse they have for the fact that the demographics of prisons don't match those of the nation. I think these people watch too much Law And Order.
I think those convicted of murder should have been executed within 6 months of their conviction. Then we wouldn't even be having this lame discussion on whether they should have been pardoned or not in the first place.
I can certainly appreciate the concerns over the one that started all of this off, David Gatlin. For those who haven't been following closely, he's the one who shot his wife in the head while she was holding their baby. The family of his victims are, I would say, understandably upset.
One of the articles that I read on this said that there's some sort of tradition of letting well-behaved inmates not only work as a trustee (they keep calling them "trusty," but I must assume that they mean trustee) at the governor's mansion, but also to live at the governor's mansion as well. Now, Mississippi can certainly do as she pleases as a sovereign state, but I have to question the wisdom of such a policy. I shoot my wife in the head as she's holding our infant, and my "punishment" is to live at the governor's mansion? Sheesh. If these were minor offenders, I could possibly see using this program as a carrot to induce good behavior, but hardened murderers? None too swuft, if you ask me. Especially since part of this tradition is to pardon these people when the governor leaves office. That just boggles the mind.
Like I said, Mississippi is free to do as she chooses, but damn....
Sorry, but if two drunks collide I don't see how we justify only blaming one of them, unless we're going to apply the same criteria we would if both had been sober. I don't approve of course, but I have known a number of habitual alcoholics (not face down on the bar drunkards) who have safer driving habits than many sober but careless people.
It's too late now, though. Everyone in America is now aware that Mississippi has released Murders and Rapists into the world. And the chances of the average dude doing a little homework is about zero.
PS...I looked up the word 'trusty'. The press got it right. A trustee is something entirely different.
That's why there are degrees of murder and juries and guidelines and appeals. The sentencing procedure is never as simple as you have now chosen to believe. That's the way they do things in China, not the U.S. But you're right. Execution upon conviction would simplify the pardon decisions.
The tradition of pardoning is a good tool, and I think it should remain in place. There are some pardons on the list that are hard to understand. Adam Wood found one and there are several others. Clinton got a lot of heat over his pardons, and Barbour will have to take the heat from his.
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