July 28, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
I am delighted to present this new podcast from the very thoughtful Burr Deming (shown at right), creator of the fabulously insightful website Fair and Unbalanced. com, in association with which I present this effort. Here, Mr. Deming puts forth simultaneous arguments both for and against the death penalty. I myself am opposed to the death penalty and would be thoroughly horrified to learn that a future jury vote of mine would possibly convict an innocent person to death. But, as Burr rationalizes, “We all share the anger about the crimes, the murders, the victims. ..
The anger that reacts against injustice is often what impels us along the arc of the moral universe. It is part of what bends that arc toward justice. If not channeled, it becomes the violence itself.
So, yeah, if my family was victimized, I would want to kill those responsible. Personally. Slow, torturous death would not be a flaw, it would be a feature. I wouldn’t want to be deterred by process, or by appeals, or by the microscopic possibility that I might have the wrong guy. I would likely be the one who pulls the switch. I can see myself as the one who hopes the killer suffers as much as his victim. Two hours to die? Good.
The same would be true if the victim was from a family down the street.
Here’s the problem.
The same might even be true if the family was in the same courtroom while I deliberated guilt or innocence.”
Listen by clicking on the link below and see what you think, readers…