"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

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Justice in Connecticut

Every time people think capital punishment is not needed anymore, a case like this comes along to remind us that there are some crimes so heinous that nothing short of execution will come close to addressing the evil wrought by the offenders.

"A paroled burglar was convicted Tuesday of murdering a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror inside the family's home in a well-to-do Connecticut town." After assaulting and tying up the husband and father, Dr. William Petit, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky forced his wife to withdraw money from a bank and then sexually assaulted and strangled her to death.

Then, turning to the 11 and 17 year old daughters of the family, the two men repeatedly raped them, then tied them both up, doused them with gasoline, and torched the house with the girls still alive inside.

"A medical examiner described a painful and panic-stricken smoke inhalation death likely suffered by Michaela. Seventeen-year-old Hayley's injuries suggested she was burned as she tried to flee."

It's truly mind-boggling to consider the horror and suffering these innocent people endured in those terrifying last hours of their lives, and conclude that these two vile perpetrators should continue living.

2 comments:

Kent said...

I've always thought that one of the difficulties in the DP debate centers on the fact that people who commit capital homicide frequently don't hold the same set of values or think in the same context as the people doing the debating. For example, I frequently heard these defendants saying, "I just wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone." Normal people don't think like that. Normal ways of evaluating these situations, therefore, don't work.

bill bannon said...

They should be given 5 years hard labor of 10 hours a day and then shot. Plenty of ruminating time to repent to God.
Plato in book three of the Republic said that too much music makes males soft....ergo I give you the current Western clergy on such matters.....they are soft...not Christian. Christ as God executed Herod in Acts 12 and Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.