October 16, 2007

The Death Penalty

As I was reading the Washington Post today, I saw an article about the death penalty. This is particularly interesting for me because my dad works in the DA's office in Philadelphia, in the appeals office, and deals a lot with death penalty cases. He has actually argued in front of the Supreme Court twice, both times about minor details concerning the death penalty.

First of all, I am definitely against the death penalty. Having said that, there are some really horrible people in the world who do deserve it. I've had lots of talks with my dad about this, and pretty much you have to do something REALLY bad to get the death penalty (obviously). We hear about the death penalty a lot because it's such a controversial issue, but not that many people receive it.

This particular article is about lethal injection. It is "inhumane," but I mean really, the death penalty itself is inhumane.

What does everyone else think? I know this is a touchy issue and I hope I didn't offend anyone.

Here's the article from The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/15/AR2007101501759.html


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I certainly agree that certain people deserve the death penalty if they do something really terrible. I also agree that lethal injection is a terrible way to carry it out- it forces doctors to break the Hippocratic oath, is incredibly painful, and costs an absurd amount of money. Those people we do execute- the murderers, rapists, etc, should be shot- it's cost efficient and it sends a message that we will not tolerate your kind.