I'm one of these people who generally has supported the death penalty over the years but became less inclined to do so following all the reports of people being freed from death row by new DNA evidence. After all, you can't take back a capital punishment sentence once it's been imposed.
But I'm shifting back in favor of it in this way. What if we have conclusive DNA evidence that someone did do the crime? Write that into the statute and let's move on.
I'm on this topic because my blood has been boiling ever since a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled the death penalty invalid for child rapists. Is there a more heinous crime on this planet that sexually assaulting a child? In many ways, it's worse than first degree murder.
Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, said that the crime and punishment are not equal. You're right in one regard, Jackass Kennedy, even capital punishment isn't enough for these scumbags.
If anyone has been following the case of Brooke Bennett, the 12-year-old missing in Vermont, she turned up dead this morning, most likely caused by her uncle, a former convicted sex offender. This piece of crap never should have been back on the street to begin with.
When are we, as a society, going to come to grips with the fact that convicted sex offenders can never be rehabbed, they are biological mistakes who should be eliminated from the gene pool.
Justice Kennedy, I hope you never have to live through what poor Brooke Bennett's family is dealing with. Sleep well tonight, Justice, in your ivory tower.
And Louisiana, which had imposed capital punishment for child rapists, is going back to the drawing board and looking at chemical castration for sex offenders as an alternative. Let's hope that quickly becomes a national trend.