Iran Hangs 40 in Two Weeks

American death penalty zealots burn with envy as America allows barbarians to widen the slaughter gap. They fret that we are falling behind Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Communist China and similar beacons of civilization in our will to kill our own citizens on a swift and efficient basis.

In other news, Annie Dookhan has been imprisoned for a whopping 3 to 5 years for falsifying around 40,000 crime lab results. Investigations are now suggesting that thousands and thousands of other results in Massachusetts have been falsified. That’s in Massachusetts alone. It is, of course, absolutely impossible for this to have happened elsewhere. No word yet on whether any death penalty victims falsibly convicted and executed will come to life in 3 to 5 years.

  • Renee

    No death penalty in Massachusetts since 1982. Last execution was in the 1940s.

  • Faithr

    What a horrible, crazy lady.

  • Thomas R

    “American death penalty zealots burn with envy as America allows barbarians to widen the slaughter gap”

    You didn’t seem to give an example of such a person unless I misread the article.

    If penal-science and psychology are able to neutralize the danger of all anti-social personality disorders than the death penalty is presumably unnecessary. Many leading Catholics seem to sincerely believe that’s true. I’m unconvinced the science is there yet. (After all many leading Catholics, once, seemed to think pedophilia was curable.)

    So I’m quite happy if we execute no more, and no less, than Japan or Taiwan or other modern nations with the death penalty. (Nations you routinely pretend don’t exist) Japan averages around five executions a year, but in most years looks more like three. Considering our larger population 8-12 a year I think would be equivalent and I hope we get that low.

    • Dave G.

      No, nations like Japan and Taiwan aren’t mentioned. It’s not really an argument. It’s an off-handed dig that doesn’t really mean anything. Meant to stir up the team, not make a point.

      • Thomas R

        Well selecting, and only ever selecting, the most repressive regimes that have the death penalty is a dig too in its way.

        There’s some justification in that those do the most executions, but the tag is “abolish the death penalty” not “reduce the death penalty.” Even including India, Indonesia, or the UAE would show some variety.

    • Mariana Baca

      Japan also has some possible human rights abuses in their justice system despite the low rate of executions (very harsh prison conditions on death row since prisoners are not considered “in prison” anymore, confessions extracted under extreme duress (e.g. no food, no bathroom, 12 hours of interrogation, etc), no advance notice of date of execution, even to families). The low rate of executions might have more to do with the crime rate in Japan being low rather than with the death penalty applied sparingly.

      The low rate on some years has to do with the morals/religious of the then current justice minister, who might refuse to sign orders. There are then “catch-up” years where there are about 15 a year. Per capita, that is equivalent to about 40 a year, similar to the US.

      So not that dissimilar, and it sounds like the have some abuses that are worse than the US.

    • Mariana Baca

      That said, comparisons with China do not make sense — their rate eclipses all other countries in the world.

  • Dave G.

    It’s a shame that the Catholic Church was so zealous for barbarous slaughter for almost 2000 years. But I suppose even anti-Catholic critics can be right about some things. At least we’re over it now, thanks to the state’s new found ability to repress crime and render criminals inoffensive. .

  • CJ

    The possibility of executing an innoncent person is the one and only reason I changed my mind and began opposing capital punishment. The whole “it’s-barbaric-how-can-you-kill-people-to-show-killing-people-is-wrong” thing doesn’t bother me one bit. I mean, nobody complains about the irony of locking up kidnappers and fining thieves.
    Still, there has been just too much evidence of false confessions and the unreliability of eyewitnesses. And now we have to add questions about forensic evidence. Innocent people have almost certainly been executed and I can’t abide that, so I’m against it. Save the bloodthirsty/zealot invective. It doesn’t add anything to the debate and there are better ways to get people of goodwill to agree with you.

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    systematic persecution of religious minorities and severe restrictions on the
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