Sunday, August 28, 2005

Killing in the name of justice.

If a man is sentenced to death and it turns out after his execution that he was innocent, who should be held accountable, and how?


Lex said...

Make the prosector and the judge accountable - they would have a vested interest in making sure that the verdict was correct.

Currently the prosecution system just goes ahead with cases based on the likelihood of getting a succesful conviction, they are not interested in whether a person is really guilty or not (I know this to be true because I have a number of friends in the legal profession in the UK including 2 barristers, one judge and several people in the Public Proescutions dept).

The system is very definitely flawed - it should be fixed!

Shelly1990UK said...

I am inclined to agree, but what about a jury who approves a death sentence?

Should people who falsify evidence, or give misleading evidence be charged with murder also?

Lex said...

Well there are penalties already for perjury but yes, I think so - if it leads to the death of the accused.

Personally I don't believe in the death penalty where there is the slightest smidegeon of doubt.

Shelly1990UK said...

Well I was wondering if the judge, prosecutor and jury should be charged with murder.

After all they arrange for someone to be paid to kill someone, that is a hired killing.

They would then be charged with a capital crime and face death penalty themselves if they get it wrong.

So they can only give a death sentence if every single one of them are ABSOLUTELY certain the person is guilty and are willing to stake their lives on it.

Ok i know that no one would agree to this as a law, but if you are going to have a a death penalty (which i don't think you should) then the level of certainty should be that strong.