May 4, 2008

Time To Abolish The Death Penalty

If you have ten minutes to spare watch this video. The video is by a man named Ray Krone, who was twice convicted for the murder of a bartender in 1991 in Phoenix. Even though he had no criminal record, was steadily employed and there was no direct evidence of his guilt, two juries were convinced by the authorities that Mr. Krone was guilty. Despite our constitutional ideal that we are innocent until proven guilty, it is exceedingly difficult for the average defendant to prevail. Citizens instinctively want to believe that the police and prosecutors are acting in good faith and that if they arrest and take a person to trial, he is probably guilty. Unfortunately, clearing a crime from the books often takes precedence over actually solving the crime. Too often, any conviction is a good conviction in the eyes of the law. Mr. Krone is the 100th person in the United States to have been exonerated after being on death row. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

7 comments:

Squirrel said...

Thanks for the link to this video. It shows how the system works, and how they'd rather "clear the books"
and say a crime is solved than actually solve it. Not only do they put an innocent person to death, they also allow the guilty to go free.

Kurt said...

He just LOOKS guilty.

d. chedwick said...

I think even the worst criminal can be made to pay for his crimes without being executed.

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dennis said...

Dennis notes that Krone's middle name is MILTON... nuff said.

taco fetishist said...

He reminded me of Papa John Phillips.

wouldn't it be your worst nightmare to be walking to your execution knowing you're innocent? if people thought of it that way no one would want the death penalty.

Steve said...

Execution is nothing more than cheap revenge, and a civilized society should be above that.