Don’t repeal the death penalty in Delaware

Repeal the death penalty? [“Repeal the death penalty in 2015,” Public Forum, Feb. 5] Not a chance. If anything, it should be expanded to include other offenses that people know are just wrong but continue to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for rehabilitation, and forgiveness, to a point. But when an individual continues to do the same crime again and again, it’s obvious they cannot or will not be rehabilitated. Here are just a few of the crimes that should be added to the list.

• Identity theft; you know who you are.

• DUI; for a person to have three, four, five, or more offenses, they are not going to change.

• Robbery; the taking of someone else’s belongings should not be tolerated. Most politicians fall into this category.

• Computer hacking; again, it’s the taking of something that doesn’t belong to you.

• Pedophilia; punishment for this should be automatic. I should not, as a law-abiding citizen and taxpayer, have to pay for the rest of “your” life to teach you a lesson.

There are more offenses that should be included, but I’ve stirred the pot enough. The appeal process should be looked at, as well. A jury of your peers has found you guilty; you can’t keep searching until you find some bleeding heart that sides with you because, sadly, they are out there, and they throw a wrench in the whole process.

Now, some will use the old line that “The death penalty doesn’t deter the crime.” I won’t argue against that. The death penalty is punishment for the crime “you” committed, not a deterrent for others. It would be nice if they learned from your crime and punishment, but I don’t hold out much faith in that. The system will deal with their crime at a later time.

The line by Brian Dennehy in the movie “Silverado” says it best: “We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first-class hangin’.”

Jerry Clifton
Felton

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.