"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

Thursday, May 07, 2009

LWOP and "rendering offenders harmless"

From California, another real-life example of why capital punishment in this country is morally consonant with Catholic teaching that we can only justly use death when the criminal justice system cannot "render[] one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm,"
Officials at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Tuesday that they believe 41-year-old David Martinez killed his cellmate, 51-year-old James Lambert. Lambert was found unconscious in his cell on April 19, and died on May 1.
Martinez is serving a life sentence without parole from Los Angeles County
for first-degree murder.

Maybe some other country has figured out how to render these violent offenders incapable of doing harm, but clearly, we haven't.

Hat tip: Crime and Consequences.

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