Typical progressive BS. I'm theoretically for the death penalty, but in reality I'm going to make excuses. I guess being theoretically in favor of the death penalty is a tough-on-crime progressive versus those that are theoretically opposed as well
I have absolutely no doubt that innocent people will be executed. I also have no doubt that innocent people will die because we do not execute people. No system is perfect and innocent people will die. We should error strongly on the side of setting guilty people free (regardless of the crime) to avoid putting too many innocent people in jail. Progressives always demand things they do not agree with be perfect, but almost everything they support has huge gaping flaws that only an idiot could miss. I know. Your intentions are good and mine are just greedy, heartless, blah, blah, blah.
It's not conservatives that are setting baby-rapers free to rape more babies after they have been convicted beyond even the progressive's definition of a shadow of a doubt. So what if more children will be
raped, they care more than the conservatives do. The progressives are more enlightened and so open-minded that their brains have completely fallen out and live in a theoretical world that has absolutely no practical value or use in the real world. I just wish they only voted in the fantasy world that they live in.
And your practical concerns are only a problem with the death penalty? I agree there is a lot of problems in the criminal justice system. Let's fix the problems. This is why I get so pissed of about Clinton's wrist slap for perjury. This undermined the whole damn justice system and should have been punished harshly because as you point out we absolutely have to have faith in the justice system. When you had your chance to stand up to improve the justice system, you took partisanship over what is right. Hard-nosed prosecuters are a good thing, but political motivated prosecuters like the Duke rape case, the whole OJ fiasco (I think he was guilty, but everybody was playing to the cameras), the indictment of Tom Delay, the Valerie Plame investigation (they knew on day 1 who leaked her name, why wasn't it case closed. Answer: every high profile case must have somebody get indicted, which is complete bullshit), everybody lying in custody hearings, divorce proceedings, slip and fall lawsuits, ... These people need to be punished harshly, fired, or voted out of office. Everybody thinks they can cheat a little if it helps themselves out, but don't think it will come back to bite them in the ass.
Zero tolerance for politics and lies in the criminal justice system and if you do the crime, we are going to nail your ass to the wall if we can prove what you did. There are many other things that should be changed, but there are fixes to them, but then the progressives couldn't be theoritically tough and practically a pansy.
Besides, do you think you have a better chance of getting out of jail if you are truly wrongly accused, convicted, and sentenced to death, life without parole, or some very long sentence? I truly believe your best hope of getting out of jail, and especially before you are a very old man, is if you are sentenced to death. You will have a fleet of ant-death penalty lawyers looking to make a name for themselves that will jump on your case if there are any indications of problems or if you just are able to gin up some good PR like writing a child's book or finding God.