"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, June 01, 2007

La Dolce Vita

Italian prisoners sentenced to life want to receive the death penalty instead. Why? "'A life sentence is an invention of a non-God, a savagery beyond all imagination,' the letter said. The prisoners said they were 'not dead, but not alive either'."

Right. This despite the Italian practice of granting brief furloughs after ten years and the possibility of conditional release after 26 years. The article notes that an Italian Communist Party legislator is attempting to abolish life imprisonment.

Given how some elements in our legal establishment go all weak in the knees contemplating what benefits the Europeans extend to their criminals, just wait for them to argue that LWOP is "cruel and unusual" punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

HT: Cap Defense Weekly.


Greg Mockeridge said...


I'm in the process of petitioning chancery offcials here in the Diocese of San Diego to allow a more and balanced (to quote FNC) of the death penalty when the issue is discussed in diocesan venues.

As you can imagine, it's been like trying to pull teeth with tweezers.

Since you are both an orthodox Catholic and a prosecutor with legal expertise in this area, I really could use whatever assistance you can provide.

I would really appreciate it if you would respond to this by e-mailing me at:


Greg Mockeridge
Chula Vista, CA.

greg mockeridge said...

oops that was supposed to be "fair and balanced"

dudleysharp said...

This protest for capital punishment is simply a transparent ploy to have their life sentence reduced.

It is a protest aginst their current sentence.