Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sexism.

If he were a woman, he'd have already been released from a mental health facility after being declared 'cured':


Ohio was poised Tuesday to end a nearly six-month break in its use of capital punishment by executing a man who fatally shot his three sons while they slept in 1982, shortly after his wife filed for divorce.

State and federal courts have rejected attorneys' arguments that 66-year-old Reginald Brooks of East Cleveland is not mentally competent and that the government withheld relevant evidence that could have affected Brooks' case.

The more cases like this I come across the more I begin to move towards opposing the death penalty.  It's not because I don't believe a good number of the people executed need killin', because I do.  It's because of how capriciously it is instituted.  The man in this news item deserves to die.  However, how many stories of women murdering their children every year do year hear about where she is declared 'mentally incompetent' and put into a mental hospital?  Too damned many.  

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