"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, August 15, 2008

"I am so, so sorry. My punishment is nothing compared to the pain and suffering I have caused."

These were among the last words of Michael Rodriguez,
one of the "Texas Seven," a group of inmates who escaped from a high security prison in Texas in 2000 and killed a police officer. He was convicted of taking part in the murder.

Prior to his escape, he had faced life in prison for having ordered the killing of his wife.
Another example of why life incarceration does not render offenders harmless, and why capital punishment is needed in some cases.

I mentioned this case before, when Rodriguez decided to give up contesting his execution. As I stated then, if he had been executed for plotting his wife's murder, Officer Aubrey Hawkins (pictured at left) would not have been shot eleven times, leaving behind a wife and son.

Cases like this show why, no matter what the agitation level from abolitionists, the death penalty will always be a necessary option.

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