Tuesday, December 13, 2005

If you must kill people, at least have the dignity to make sense

The Terminator is about to kill for real.

Schwarzenegger made this pronouncement, demonstrating that logic has not been a feature of his thought process,

"Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologise or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. Without apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings, there can be no redemption," he said."

So Williams cannot experience redemption because he has not expressed remorse for four murders that he has always maintained he never committed. By the same token, if Tookie Williams DID express remorse and apologize, then there would be a chance of redemption, regardless seemingly of whether he committed the murders or not.

It appears then, that in Governor Schwarzenegger's interpretation of the law, that the death penalty is not punishment for the crimes that a person commits, but for the failure to demonstrate remorse and atone for those crimes. That makes zero sense in the case of an innocent man wrongly convicted of a crime that carries the death penalty. For that man, such an interpretation of the law is a signed death warrant.

What would happen in the scenario where Williams expressed deep remorse and was later found innocent, as he previously claimed? Would he then need to be executed for having expressed "false remorse"?

"Here was an innocent man, ready to lie in the most blatant way in order to prolong his life. And he achieved this selfish aim at the expense of wrongly leading the families of the murder victims to believe that clemency had been granted as recognition of genuine remorse. Now it is clear that Tookie Williams is innocent, new evidence exonerates him. But that does not change the fact that, by rights, Tookie Williams should not be alive today to enjoy the freedom he now claims. It is for this reason that I am inclined to reverse the granting of clemency and reinstate the death penalty that Williams so cunningly avoided. Perhaps this will act as a deterrent to other innocent men who try to avoid death by falsely claiming to be guilty..."

You can see what happens once logic has been bent into crazy shapes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Nicely said - a powerful example of belief systems gone mad. Schwarzenegger does use logic, but tragically his logic is irrationale. Sadly, actions like this will only serve to increase violence in our world.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

The whole thing smacks of the Spanish Inquisition. Perhaps we should have a Cardinal bless some fire, and if the fire burns him, he is innocent. If the flames don't go near him, he must be guilty--put him to death!

We've executed over 100 people in this country since 1900 where evidence has later turned up that would have exhonorated them.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Unsane said...

Right wing "logic" often fails because it adopts such mystical criteria.

http://unsanesafe.blogspot.com/2005/12/putting-end-to-stereotypes.html

5:08 PM  

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