Sunday, March 12, 2006

Oklahoma bill would permit executing sex offenders

glenda in the land of oz
So, Oklahoma, we all understand the sentiment behind this bill, however;
1. The courts have ruled it unconstitutional to give someone the death penalty for anything other than killing another person,
2. There is concern among many advocates that the perp would just murder his victim after raping her, since he would be facing the death penalty anyway. Nothing more to lose kind of thinking.


At 2:23 PM, Blogger Two Dogs said...

Actually, there are many offenses that are punishable by execution. Treason comes to mind, first and foremost. Not unlike what Cindy Sheehan has done.

And sex offenses are state offenses. States are the governing bodies here. I think that you will have trouble with your opinion with our new Supremes. Hopefully, I might add.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Two Dogs,
i may be wrong since I am not a lawyer, but I believe that treason is only punishable by death in military court, which is a way different court than most rape trials. Most advocates working with rape survivors say that research indicates that the victim would be at higher risk of being killed if the rapist thought they (the rapist) might get the death penalty. My first priority in writing this is protecting the victim.

At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if we just kneecap 'em a bit until they can't walk anymore?

At 6:49 AM, Blogger glenda said...

OK, I'll see if I can get one of the more strident legislators to sponsor a kneecapping bill. :)

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