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    Death Row Last Meal

    Should death row inmates be allowed to request whatever that want for their last meal? Or, is this a wasteful indulgence?

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    I don't think there should be the death penalty.

    But, since there is, sure why not? If the State is sinking to the level of the criminal by taking life, I guess the least they can do is give them a last supper.

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    if you've committed an act that's heinous enough to warrant being executed, you've really kinda lost the privilege of calling the shots on the menu...

    give em a 'Happy Mea'l and be done with it.

    irony and all...
    eff all y'all...

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    Last meal for death row is ok if the menu consists of choices between bullet, noose, lethal injection, and electric shock.

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    Kind of a pointless question, considering that every capital case costs millions more to litigate than it would if the maximum penalty were life imprisonment. A hundred bucks for a meal, if it's a "wasteful indulgence," is a very minor one.

    I think the death penalty is a relic of our barbaric past, and serves no useful purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Kind of a pointless question, considering that every capital case costs millions more to litigate than it would if the maximum penalty were life imprisonment. A hundred bucks for a meal, if it's a "wasteful indulgence," is a very minor one.

    I think the death penalty is a relic of our barbaric past, and serves no useful purpose.
    Barbaric past? Past? We're still a bunch of barbarians, we just have better weapons. I say that will all sadness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaxRomana View Post
    Last meal for death row is ok if the menu consists of choices between bullet, noose, lethal injection, and electric shock.
    General Keitel and General Jodl, who were condemned to death by the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, appealed their sentence by hanging and claimed that since they were soldiers they should be executed by a firing squad, a supposedly more honorably method of execution. The authorities would have none of that and they were hung. So, not everyone would agree with your last menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougclaysmith View Post
    I don't think there should be the death penalty.

    But, since there is, sure why not? If the State is sinking to the level of the criminal by taking life, I guess the least they can do is give them a last supper.
    home and murders your wife and kids, but you somehow survive, and know for a fact that they have the right person in custody and he is convicted, what is a suitable punishment?
    +1 for the NRA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarbiker View Post
    home and murders your wife and kids, but you somehow survive, and know for a fact that they have the right person in custody and he is convicted, what is a suitable punishment?
    We need to find out if his father and mother abused him so we can get him the help he needs. His crime is a cry for help. You should remarry and take better care of this one.

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    Six piece McNuggets, no sauce. And a Fresca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougclaysmith View Post
    I don't think there should be the death penalty.

    But, since there is, sure why not? If the State is sinking to the level of the criminal by taking life, I guess the least they can do is give them a last supper.
    agreed

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    I think they should be able to request whatever they want.

    But I wouldn't give it to them.

    They can eat the same slop as all the other prisoners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarbiker View Post
    home and murders your wife and kids, but you somehow survive, and know for a fact that they have the right person in custody and he is convicted, what is a suitable punishment?
    Rot in jail. Live with it the rest of his life.


    The State should not take a life. Life is precious.

    His time will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougclaysmith View Post
    Life is precious.
    the reality is that life is plentiful and cheap...
    eff all y'all...

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    In the interests of fairness, law-abiding citizens don't know when their last meals will be, so they could have surf n' turf or cereal before they die. A death row inmate should face the same uncertainty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    the reality is that life is plentiful and cheap...
    Tell that to a mom. Or a father who just lost a son in a car accident.


    Life should be charished. No life is better than the next.


    I guess on this issue you could tag me as a bed wetting liberal, but I despise violence, war, hate, etc


    I personally think I am consistent.

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    I feel that all of the rituals surrounding execution and its honor -- last meal, last cigarette, blindfold, that kind of thing -- is an attempt by the executing party to make the entire procedure go smoothly and peacefully.

    Regardless of what we feel about the death penalty and execution, we are all still human beings and seeing another human being in a state of panicked suffering before their imminent death is an unpleasant experience.

    For my part, I am opposed to summary executions for both practical and ethical reasons.

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