Monday, July 28, 2003

Scratching my head

I oppose the death penalty in all forms for all crimes for all criminals. So I don't think the accused in this story, if guilty, should be put to death no matter what. However I'm a tad confused as to why hate crimes don't qualify as "special circumstances" that would warrant the strictest of punishments. Again, the comparison of hate crimes to rape is drawn in this case because rape is a special circumstance under which the death penalty applies. I would like to understand the reasoning behind a lesser sentence to criminals motivated at least in part by hate.


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