Joseph Duncan was sentenced to death.
Typically when a murderer is sentenced to death I don’t agree with it. In fact, I can’t think of any time in the past few years (when I’ve actually paid attention and cared) where I’ve agreed with it. Maybe Sadaam Hussein… maybe. I actually agreed with Justice Kennedy’s decision that the death penalty is too extreme for child rapists; as much as the thought of what they did makes me sick to my stomach. But reading this article about this guy… I don’t know. If I were a juror on this trial I would have a hard time NOT giving him death. Somehow I don’t think he’d survive long in prison anyway, people who brutalize children usually don’t, but still. He smiled when they read the sentencing.
Should a man like that be put to death? Or are we complicit in his murder? I personally believe that states have the right to decide whether or not to have a death penalty. I also believe that it is used far too frequently in our society. We have the ability to lock people up for life. They can be locked in solitary confinement for life and never be in contact with the rest of the world again. But a man like this??? The death penalty is acceptable when used as a means of defending society. I figured that meant men like Sadaam. Men with power and notoriety who can still control things from inside their jail cells. What about a man who appears to be pure evil? I know we can’t know another’s heart and it is for God to judge but should this man be allowed to live?
I apologize for the ramblings. I thought I’d check the convention news before heading to bed and read this article. Hopefully it doesn’t give me nightmares. I pray the souls of those he killed and their families find peace tonight.