Tag: capital punishment

It Is Time to Rethink Capital Punishment (Update)

Currently it’s 10 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed a little over three hours ago. His execution has been delayed by the United States Supreme Court. The question that looms is whom the state should execute. When do you institute the death penalty? Right now, the Troy Davis case hangs over this country. No matter what you think of this case, there are a few undeniable facts. First, nine eyewitnesses initially testified that Troy Davis shot and killed off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Since then, seven of the nine eyewitnesses have recanted

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A Case for Fairness in Our Society

There’s been an outpouring of support for Troy Anthony Davis. Mister Davis, 42, is on death row in Georgia. He is accused of killing an off-duty police officer. First, before I go on, we need to set the ground rules. I believe that capital punishment should be reserved for the worst of the worst. I believe that capital punishment should only be applied in extremely clear-cut cases. With capital punishment, we must be 100% correct, 100% of the time. There is no excuse to execute an innocent person. None. Timothy McVeigh is an excellent example of someone who deserved the death

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Let ’em die?

I’m not sure about you, but I was shocked when Ron Paul, a physician, was asked about a patient without insurance who was seriously injured. There were at least a few people in the audience who yelled, “Let ’em die!” I commend Ron Paul for not playing to the crowd. Think Progress interviewed several students on the conservative and religious Liberty University campus on this scenario. I’m very happy to hear their answers: KEYES: (editor’s note: Keyes is the TP interviewer) In the debate on Monday, there was the question of whether or not a 30 year old who doesn’t have

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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