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November 12, 2011

"The Dark at the Top of the Stairs: Four Destructive Influences of Capital Punishment on American Criminal Justice"

The title of this post is thew title of this new paper by Professors Frank Zimring and David T. Johnson now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

State execution is not a major part of America's system of criminal punishment, but it casts a long shadow over the principles and practices of the rest of criminal justice.  This essay discusses four negative impacts of the death penalty on the larger system: (1) The hyper-extension of the substantive criminal law; (2) The symbolic transformation of harsh punishment to a private reward; (3) The creation and overuse of Life Without Possibility of Parole (LWOP) sentences; and (4) The diversion of legal and judicial resources from other pressing problems in the criminal system.

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The death penalty must be preserved so that the hierarchy of the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession may be eradicated in one day. Execute these 15,000 internal traitor, and unleash the energies and talents of the American people in a totally crime free environment. Purge all remnants of their Trojan Horses, such as feminism from all institutions. Restore the authority of the American patriarchal family, and shrink a worthless, incompetent government. Crime control can be maintained by violent self-help. All citizens would get arms training and be required to kill all violent offenders they come upon. The worthless other subjects of the law would be get modern replacements after proper empirical validation in small jurisdictions. Example, there is no point to bringing any contract dispute to court that is worth less than $million. It is too expensive. On EBay, 95% of promises are kept, even those worth a penny. That is the proper contract system. Family has destroyed the family. Family law would make divorce far harder, and privilege marriage far higher. Weird marriages such as same sex, inter-species marriages would be criminalized. Name any subject of the law, its obsolescence puts it in utter failure. Torts would be expanded to all government activities, especially those of pro-criminal biased judges. Government would have a duty to protect individuals, and pay dearly for any failure to do so, so that dark skinned victims are protected by a reluctant government by force.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 12, 2011 6:55:12 PM

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