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?

4 comments:

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.