My heart bleeds for this man

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by Petal, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    In 1990 Michael Phillips plead guilty to a crime he did not commit(rape) and was convicted and served 12 years out a 16 year sentence and a further 6 months for not registering as a sex offender. This week this man has been cleared through DNA evidence. God bless him :( Cases like this make you really think how many people are in prison for crimes they have not committed?

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  2. Twocky61

    Twocky61 Banned Member

    This case shows why we should not bring back capital punishment
  3. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    this is exactly why we should NEVER bring back hanging!
  4. Twocky61

    Twocky61 Banned Member

    You do have a point Terry but with forensics & DNA as advanced as they are now we could but before execution we would have to double & triple check so as to be 100% sure of guilt unless that is not yet possible
  5. LonerForever

    LonerForever Well-Known Member

    Even double, triple and quadruple checking won't get a 100% guaranteed result. I bet plenty of prosecutors have been certain of their case only to find out decades later they were wrong.
  6. islandification

    islandification Well-Known Member

    We still have capital punishment. Look at that guy in AZ, took two hours for him to suffocate.
  7. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    I don't agree with capital punishment at the best of times.
  8. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Quieta non movere

    Yes it took him two hours of snorting and gasping. Some will argue that it was not enough of a punishment for taking two lives.

    I do sometimes wonder if eye for eye makes the world go blind is more true than eye for eye tooth for tooth that code of Hammurabi went by.

    Some days I'm for capital punishment other days I'm not as it's death is an easy way out of the justice.
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