Blue-Ribbon Panel Proposes Reforms of Capital Punishment

, The National Law Journal


With Oklahoma's botched execution still a fresh memory, a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts is recommending 39 steps to improve administration of the death penalty, including use of a deadly dose of a single anesthetic or barbiturate instead of the drug cocktail used in states that rely on lethal injection.

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  • Mick in NYC

    This is ALL a bunch of noise generated by those opposed to capital punishment. As currently administered, I agree capital punishment is a huge waste of time and does not serve it‘s intended purposes of deterrence and retribution. That can easily be fixed and the whole area/process greatly simplified. Increase the burden of proof ("conclusive proof of guilt"), specify the types of cases to which it can be applied and then dispose of all the other meaningless nonsense, as well as all appeals. Horrific crimes merit a swift and horrific response. Best examples of mass murders in which perpetrators should have been tried and executed no less than six months after incident: Fort Hood; Aurora, Colorado; Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, Columbine, Va. Tech, Tuscon AZ (Gabby Giffords) and Sandy Hook. All of these deviants forfeited their right to live. There is no debate about guilt. Why they did it is utterly irrelevant. By not swiftly eliminating such sub- human garbage, the legitimacy of the criminal justice system is severely undermined. If the public justice system refuses to quickly exterminate such vermin based on absurd notions of fairness and due process that are irrelevant in the most heinous and irrefutable cases, self-help becomes a viable, rational and perhaps even laudable solution.

  • Beth A. Kerry

    We could simply the reform process by abolishing capital punishment.

  • Sheila Berry

    Tinkering with death. Just decide what error rate -- how many innocent people executed per 100 -- is acceptable and move forward with it. At least have the courage to embrace publicly your support of killing innocent people in order to get to the "truly guilty." It really isn‘t so different from the human sacrifice practiced by the Mayans and numerous other cultures, designed to keep the rest of us safe and society in good order.

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