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A very common argument against capital punishment is that many innocent persons are executed.

The difficulty with that argument is that the execution of innocent persons actually performs a useful function.

Those who are executed are frequently black (unless they happen to be wealthy) or poor whites. I haven't done any research on this, but my general impression is that when someone of wealth or high social standing is tried in a case where capital punishment is possible they get off the hook, like O.J., Leopold and Loeb and others.

All of which works out well from society's viewpoint. The poor person who commits a capital crime is far more likely than a wealthy person to commit similar crimes if he escapes the chair or gas chamber or firing squad. The wealthy person who gets out from under that threat is unlikely to commit a capital crime again.

So, executing innocent persons may actually be an argument FOR capital punishment.

Jaybees, Freethought & Rationalism DB 42 Comments [12/15/2010 12:30:58 PM]
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Executing the innocent and rich people being above the law is a good thing! Happy opposite day, everyone!

12/15/2010 1:08:45 PM


If Jaybees is ever picked up for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and sentenced to die by a jury of his peers, I'm willing to bet real money he'll begin squealing about his innocence and how unfair his death is while begging for someone to get him off of Death Row.

You're a sociopath and an oxygen thief, Jaybees, and I'm pissed that you're stealing my air.

12/15/2010 1:27:07 PM


"The wealthy person who gets out from under that threat is unlikely to commit a capital crime again."
Where is O.J. these days, dude? Trying not to drop his Heisman Trophy in the shower.

12/15/2010 1:32:36 PM


Jaybees, you are a horrible person and i look forward to your demise.

12/15/2010 1:52:39 PM

Doubting Thomas

I bet you'd be changing your tune very quickly if you found yourself wrongly convicted and on death row awaiting execution. People like this always think that capital punishment is OK as long as it's the other guy.

Seriously, having money means you're above the law? Since when is this a good thing?

12/15/2010 3:46:34 PM

I've heard some lame arguments in favour of the death penalty, but this takes the cake. Maybe the whole bakery.

Jaybees, I dub thee Fucktard. Arise Fucktard Jaybees.

12/15/2010 3:47:51 PM


OH, okay.

Speaking of which, I've heard SPECTRE is looking for henchmen for it's next bid to take over the world...

12/15/2010 4:17:31 PM


What if a poor person kills someone and then a rich person is arrested and proved not guilty? Then the murderer gets away.

What happens to the actual murderer if society executes the wrong person? Now two innocent people have been killed and the culprit is loose.

Seriously, what possible advantage could there be to killing arbitrary poor people?

12/15/2010 4:58:51 PM

Mrs. Antichrist

Social justice just died.

12/15/2010 7:15:33 PM

Raised by Horses

You seriously did not just say that.

Jaybees, come over here so I can punch you.

12/15/2010 7:38:47 PM


So your argument is

"If we execute innocent people imagine what we would do to guilty people!"

That does not fucking work!

12/15/2010 9:08:46 PM


Oh for fucks sake, I hope this is a Poe.

12/15/2010 9:31:55 PM

Percy Q. Shunn

I have now officially begun to plot the murder of a rich guy. That way, I'll take his money, be rich and above the law, and grab that hot little 12yr old girl down the street for a good old-fashioned rapin'!

12/15/2010 9:52:07 PM

Wise Son

"I haven't done any research on this"

Yeah, well stop right there, then.

12/16/2010 2:58:10 AM

Following your argument, why not genocide?. Why not discharging morality, for that matter?

12/16/2010 3:51:15 AM

Creedence Leonore Gielgud

More elitist than racist.

12/16/2010 5:47:51 AM


Ah, a classism as well as racism. It's like a little hate sandwich.

12/16/2010 7:30:06 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Okay. Can we execute stupid people then? You'd be first in line!

12/16/2010 9:24:08 AM


'I haven't done any research on this'

Yes, it shows.

12/16/2010 10:04:22 AM


I... can't even follow the logic here.
It's OK that we execute innocent poor people because guilty rich people won't do it again?


12/16/2010 12:39:43 PM


Will somebody please start and American sect like the Skoptsi or revive the Quaker movement? A whole lot of people need to get out of the gene pool.

12/16/2010 3:47:55 PM


"The difficulty with that argument is that the execution of innocent persons actually performs a useful function"




12/17/2010 6:46:34 AM

You are a horrible human being.

12/17/2010 3:18:51 PM


Jaybees' thoughts may be free but they sure aren't rational.
Holy fuck I think I'm stupider for having read that drivel.

12/19/2010 10:47:59 AM


Raybees, here....well...should go Die In A Nuclear Blast!

12/19/2010 12:00:33 PM

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