The Death Penalty – Worth the Trouble? (9/23/10)
In principle, I've always favored the death penalty. I believe some people clearly prove they're simply unfit to share the planet with the rest of society and incapable of rehabilitation. And those who live within the law should have the right to permanently remove them from their midst.
The trouble is, the death penalty as currently applied – at least in Kentucky – is so riddled with loopholes, inconsistencies and the likelihood of endless legal challenges that I think we might actually be better off without it.
Take the case of convicted murderer Gregory Wilson. Even though his crime took place 23 years ago, we're STILL debating whether or not he has the mental capacity to be legally executed and – if so – whether the sentence should be carried out through the lethal injection of three drugs or just one.
Since I'm not a lawyer, I don't mean to dismiss the legal issues in question. But this type of endless haggling is the rule – not the exception. If it's really this complicated, what's the point?
I say Kentucky needs to either amend its death penalty statute to eliminate the ambiguities and streamline the appeals process or ditch it in favor of a life sentence without possibility of parole that really means what it says.
As it is, justice endlessly delayed truly is justice denied.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.