Nimbin, me old mate....we're gonna have to listen to Tailsgirl re debates over Capital Punishment....but I'm sure some 'clever' brief would argue the perps of 9/11 were 'mentally ill' and thus innocent. I actually don't consider 'diminished responsibility' as grounds for any form of leniency at all.
I'm sure Julien Knight was/is mentally screwed too....but his victims don't care...they are just as dead either way.
Too much 'gosh and gee' and teeth-sucking is done over those poor deranged/misguided rapists/killers/etc and no-one gives a toss about victim impact.
Thing 'dead'....then keep thinking 'dead'....for a real long time. That's what the victims have as life-experience.
Constant and repeated buggering by fellow inmates of the penal system may be 'cute' but many will argue it is better than dead.
Punishment is not fair and equitable.
It never will be....even with bleeding hearts crying for Law Reform.
Just like Alice's Restaurant.....
"and Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy
pictures, and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he
sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the
twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows
and a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog.
And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles
and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry,
'cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American