Wednesday, March 16, 2005

If We Do Not remember History

From the New York Times, on jury selection practices in California for death penalty cases: Only white, Christian, killers should report for jury duty:

Mr. Quatman, who worked for 26 years as a deputy district attorney and prosecuted the case, said the trial judge, Stanley Golde, advised him during jury selection that "no Jew would vote to send a defendant to the gas chamber."

Would anyone consider the possibility that there is good reason that no one should send anyone to a gas chamber? And is it me, or is Golde a Jewish surname? Nice.

I am deeply disturbed by capital punishment, and disgusted that they make sure that only people who are willing to murder their fellow man should sit on a jury to decide these cases. Basic morality would dictate that if I were ever called up for a capital punishment jury, I would need to jump up and down yelling, "Kill! Kill!" like Arlo Guthrie in Alice's Restaurant until it was verdict time, and then there would be only one possibility no matter how heinous the crime: "NOT GUILTY." This system is morally broken, and life in prison without parole is a perfect answer, the only answer. And I would think sentencing to life without parole any jurors who have voted in court to kill a defendant would be very appropriate.


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