trying to answer this question along the lines of, "Does this person *deserve* the death penalty?" will get us
nowhere, obviously. The answer IMHO lies in the surrounding issues, like you've pointed out: the inequality
of the dsitribution of the death penalty (although some of this is artifcat because most of our crime is
committed by minorities), the chance for being wrong. Personally, for me, its a matter of principle. I think
it's a bad idea to let the government start killing people - even the bad guys.
| I think it will come to be used like a car.
The death penalty will be used on a daily basis, when we realize that murderers shouldn't be released into the community, because of repeat offenses. Time will heal all wounds. Where Jeff talks about the penalty being racist, that's only because financial independence is racial. If the poorest parts of our cities is where most of the murders are then we'd see there being more minorities getting the death penalty. This isn't because of minorities, it's becuase of financial standings, capitalism is detrimental to society, and when criminals can buy their way out of punishment, that's what it teaches society.