Posted by: coastcontact | May 15, 2015

When Murderers Deserve the Death Penalty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. It took six years to execute Timothy McVeigh after he was found guilty of killing 168 people, including 19 children at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Massachusetts isn’t OK with the death penalty (under state law no one has been executed since 1947), but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s outrageous crime may have changed the minds of many Massachusetts citizens. Which brings up the question under what circumstances is the death penalty justified? Is it multiple killings or the savagery of the killings or is that the killer shows no remorse or what else?

At the end of the day there are reasons for determining that someone has committed a crime that is so heinous that there can be no other penalty than death. Massachusians will have to make that decision just as the citizens of every state must reach a decision.

The Total Number of Death Row Inmates as of January 1, 2015: 3,019California, 743, Oklahoma, 49, Kansas, 10. Florida, 403, Mississippi, 48, etc.

What right do these killers have to live?  The killing of even one person is justification for the death penalty with limited appeals for those found guilty.


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