Do Arizona's Executions Need to Be Carried Out in a "More Timely Manner"?

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Is it taking too long for people to get to this room?
Robert Moorman, who sat on Arizona's death row for nearly three decades, was executed yesterday for chopping up his adoptive mother.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne responded by saying there was "no rational reason" for it to take that long.

"We have been working hard to help reform a system in which delays between verdict and execution are so long," Horne said. "Families need to see justice done in a timely manner."

That's actually the second time Horne's brought up the need to streamline the process, as he also brought it up after the state executed its last 20-year death-row resident, kid-killing child molester Richard Bible.

His method of changing the process thus far has apparently consisted of barking at the moon, since there are still more than 20 death-row inmates who've been waiting there more than 20 years.

One issue is the cost, as the taxpayers put up $66.90 per day to house, feed, and care for a single inmate on death row, and that doesn't include the legal fees racked up by the state during the often-worthless attempts by death-row inmates to avoid their executions.

Meanwhile, the appeals process is a right for those death-row inmates, and there are multiple cases -- in Arizona and in other states -- of death-row inmates being exonerated.

That said, let's get to the question: Do Arizona's executions need to be carried out in a "more timely manner"?

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Coz
Coz

Legal murder is all executions are.

Rick
Rick

The Bible tells us that the presence of evil and bad things in the world is because of the sinful actions of mankind. God has chosen to allow mankind to experience the effects of their actions.  If we do good for one another, then the results are good but if we do evil and rebel against what God has told us we should do then bad things happen.  When Jesus comes, he will take control and authority over all things. (A true theocracy)  That means that he will be in charge, rather than mankind.  So if you would not want to have God in charge of your life right now, then you would really hate having him in direct charge of the Universe.  You do have an alternative if you dont want to live under his direct authority, you can chose to life in hell instead.

Anon
Anon

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.or...
NEW VOICES: Victims' Family Members Voice Concerns About Death PenaltyPosted: February 29, 2012A recent op-ed in the Litchfield (Connecticut) News highlights concerns about the death penalty as expressed by murder victims’ families. Mary Healy and Jane Caron are social work professionals who also experienced a murder in their families. In their recent op-ed, they stated that Connecticut's death penalty does not sufficiently care for the needs of victims: “The problem with the death penalty is that it maintains a focus on the murderer when the focus rightly belongs with the people the murderer has harmed. The misplaced emphasis is evident by the fact that, while crucial victims’ services and crime prevention programs are not funded to their optimal level, the state spends between $4 million to $7 million annually on a death penalty system where the focus is primarily on the murderer.”  The writers further explained that murder victims’ survivors endure much pain during trial and appeals: “Capital cases receive greater media attention and increased public scrutiny. When a death sentence is handed out, to the public, it seems like the case is over and ‘justice’ has been served. However, this sentence sets into motion a decades-long process that the survivors must continue to live through. Being entrenched in a legal system can be harmful to anyone; to those suffering from traumatic grief, the injury is compounded.”  Healy and Caron concluded, “The death penalty is not what victims need. If we are serious about caring for the needs of victims, we will abandon the pretense of the death penalty and work for real solutions.”  Read full op-ed below.--Update: Victims' family members held a press conference in Connecticut on February 29.  To see video of the event, click here.

Anon
Anon

For the prosecutors and Victims' Rights advocates who "speak" for victims -- look again:       a current view of Victims' Family Members Voice Concerns About Death PenaltyPosted: February 29, 2012    
................. Being entrenched in a legal system can be harmful to anyone; to those suffering from traumatic grief, the injury is compounded.”  Healy and Caron concluded, “The death penalty is not what victims need. If we are serious about caring for the needs of victims, we will abandon the pretense of the death penalty and work for real solutions.”  

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

The elected officials have politicized the death penalty and the justice system for their political gain. Time to abolish the death penalty. Take the power away from those who play God with peoples' lives -- one has no further to look than the state legislature -- and take back years of wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer $$'s. Life in Arizona's prisons with no parole is a greater punishment.

Anon
Anon

The death penalty is calculated, premedated, thoroughly orchestrated murder by the state --- the government. It's time to end this barbaric ceremony in the 21st century -- fitting only for Third World, uncivilized countries.

Anon
Anon

The death penalty is calculated, premedated, thoroughtly orchestrated murder by the state --- the government. It's time to end this barbaric ceremony in the 21st century -- fitting only for Third World, uncivilized countries.

lyn1962
lyn1962

Wouldn't it be cheaper to keep him in prison for life instead of footing the bill for both defense and prosecution  over 28 years plus the cost of the actual execution??

The death penalty makes no sense at all on any level.

Anon
Anon

lyn1962, Your comment is spot-on! 

Coz
Coz

Only if it's a poltician.....

teknik1200
teknik1200

i just don't trust giving the government the power to kill people even if I think the perp deserves to die.  sure child killing rapists with blood on their hands deserve to die, but I don't think life locked in a cell is much to live for.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Fox icon, hitman Andrew Breitbart dead at 43, one can say the writing was on the wall, with his venomous hatred of Obama, democrats, socialists pretty much anyone who did not fit into his right wing world! Two types of people exist in the world, type A.....angry, bitter, unhappy allmost 24/7....type B....fairly non-angry, happy most of the time who don't dwell on the splinter in our brothers eye but tend to the timber in our own first, longevity is something one cannot predict but being angry, bitter upset 24/7 is a premature cardiac arrest just looking for a place to happen!

maybe368
maybe368

I don't get your point, was he an Atheist?

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

If he was a atheist, christian, muslim, Jew etc., issue is moot, he is deceased and has gone onto the hereafter what ever that is to each individual!:-) I don't think I will dwell one moment longer on his fate!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Now for the atheist, who believes nothing exists when we die, guess the awe and shock is if nothing exists then nothing can be experienced but if us believers in god, after life are right only those who reject god, refuse to repent will experience anything upon their demise, since its one thing we all will do one day is die! None of us will evade that date!:-)

maybe368
maybe368

I gladly accept that to be able to live a non judgmental, non hypocritical life. Besides, who wants to live with you guys for an eternity anyway? I have nothing to repent to anyone except myself and the person that I may have transgressed, why do I need a third party for that? It is just the right thing to do, isn't it?

teknik1200
teknik1200

it's funny how to these people you could live your entire life dedicated to being a good person and go to hell, but repenting child killing rapists and earth destroying bureaucrats  gets to go to paradise.

beside, with all those gods to pick from in history how do you even know you made the  right choice?  perhaps you've fallen into the devil's trap, because according to the bible that's the way the dude works anyway.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Well guess the mystery will be solved one day we all die, we all will find out if nothing exists or a after life does or not in what form, the one thing for sure we all die, good, bad or ugly!:-)

maybe368
maybe368

Exactly, I couldn't agree more. If my life of trying to be a good person, as an atheist, is going to get me sent to hell, I don't want to hang with them anyways. They can have their paradise or planet or spaceship behind the Hale-Bop comet, I don't want any part of it. I have a neighbor who is a Minister and we have some pretty lively discussions about this. We were talking one day and he let slip something about tithing. Isn't that God's dues? I'd rather pay union dues.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Andrew Breitbart just died at 43, famous right wing icon, hatemonger, bigot, xenophobe! Now one can speculate did he go up or down? I guess its all over but the crying for him, whining, gnashing of the teeth for all eternity is a long time to pay for ones foolishness, arrogance, but the beauty of god is he is the ultimate giver of freedom, he gives us the choice to believe or not, to repent or not!:-)

maybe368
maybe368

I am not mad at anyone, I don't care what you believe. It's everyone else that is mad at me. I think you should believe whatever you want. I would ask the same from everyone, but that is not possible, I don't think...

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

I take it you have no regrets, no doubts of your righteousness in life? How good for you, now me I am just a poor sinner, not a blind biblical goat who thinks I have a pre-paid ticket to heaven, no I say my sincere prayers daily, especially before I go to sleep each night, now if it bothers you, upsets you, angers you, sounds like one of them personal problems no one can fix but you!:-)

maybe368
maybe368

Repenting is the great out for you guys, you can do whatever you like in life and, as long as you repent, you're good to go. Unless he is in a crypt or something, he went down and his components are being returned to the environment by the biological actions of worms and such. It is like proving the existence of a black hole, you cannot see it, you can only see it's effects on the things around it. By that method, there is a ton more evidence against the existence of a God than for it. Wars, child abuse, murder, etc., etc., are all evidence of the existence of a God? This is kind of fun, because I think that you can believe whatever you want, but you feel the need to correct my wrong headed thinking. What a shame...

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

I think Jesus never advocated execution, guess for the illiterate who have never read the parable of the adulteress, whom was guilty of adultery, the law of the land in that time was one punishment "death by stoning", the Pharisee's who today would be the modern day republican party, rich elite, prosperity believing elite who think the rich & wealthy are gods chosen tried to trick Jesus into contradicting gods & mans law on the punishment for this adulteress! He merely told them he was not there to change the law but to full fill it, he stated to the hypocrites/pharisee's "let he that hath no sin cast the first stone", they all convicted of their very own souls guilt walked away, he then went to the sinner and told her to go and sin no more, of course much more was said but to not labor the illiterate here Jesus ended on a cross between two criminals, both thieves, one rejected him, one did not! I guess speeding up executions appeals to a certain type of person, one who has self confidence they have them pre-paid tickets to heaven, but my guess is shock and awe will await many since a condemned inmate or terminally ill person has a unique opportunity many of us might envy they know the moment, hour, day or month of their demise and can sincerely repent if they so choose too, and no chance of back sliding into sin as many do every single day!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

For all you self professed Christians, Who would Jesus execute?

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 Jesus wouldnt execute them but im sure he would make sure a giant rock dropped on     them or they drown by a river LOL people like that always get some kind of karma back at them ALWAYS

maybe368
maybe368

I wonder if anyone committed suicide because of Tom Horne's fraudulent practices as a security trader. He got life, but, who knows? Atheists never started a single war or murdered anyone for their beliefs and are the only ones without sin, without hypocrisy. It seems that only believers feel entitled enough to play God, even though that is a sin, by their definition.

Rick
Rick

 If "Atheists never started a single war or murdered anyone for their beliefs" then how do you explain the millions who have been murdered by the communists of the former Soviet Union, China, North Korea, etc?  Each of those countries are lead by people who profess atheism and certainly have killed many Christians and other religious people who refused to change their beliefs.  History shows that Marxist atheist governments have killed many people because of their beliefs.  Sorry Maybe368, history demonstrates the error of your statement. 

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

If one wishes to read about one very famous atheist Ohair she ended her life with some really strange things being alleged about her by her own son who rejected her atheism and became a preacher, he stated his mom was hedonistic, committed fraud to try and take over a fellow atheist's organziation, and openly stated due to his becoming a christian he was dead to her! No atheists have no corner on any sainthood, the only one who ever walked on water was Jesus! Let the atheists dwell in their delusions of grandeur, eternity is a long time to pay for ones errors on this old earth, which is a mere moment in time compared to after we die!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 AND............. I'll bet that not one of you has EVER answered a knock at your door and found an atheist trying to shove his, or her beliefs down your throat.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

No you atheists are modernized now, instead of the law suits forcing your views on everyone in courts which you all still do, we have to bear your anger venom on the internet for not kow towing to your atheism!;-)

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