Democrats Should Stop Saying Some People Should Die in Prison

Replacing the death penalty with death in prison is not true progress.
Late last week, a clip of an interview from the New York Times with Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the rounds on social media. In it, Warren spelled out her position against the death penalty, citing the evidence of wrongful convictions and racism associated with capital punishment. Then she added: “I think that people who have committed truly heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all their days.”
Warren’s answer echoes a similar response by Bernie Sanders, who thinks those who commit “horrific” crimes should “spend the rest of their days” in prison. This position is widely accepted as the progressive stance on the death penalty: Nearly every person vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee agrees that life without parole should replace the death penalty.
But answers like Warren’s and Sanders’ represent a continua…

Japan: Death sentence to be finalized for Yamaguchi man for killing 5

Kosei Homi
The death sentence for a 69-year-old man convicted of killing five neighbors in Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan in 2013 is set to be finalized after the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected his appeal against a lower court ruling.

The decision against Kosei Homi, who was also found guilty of setting fire to two of the victims' homes in a remote community, was handed down by the top court's No. 1 Petty Bench.

According to the lower court ruling, Homi killed a woman and a couple, all in their 70s, by bludgeoning them in the head with a wooden pole before setting fire to their homes in the mountainous community of Shunan, in July 2013. 

He was also convicted of murdering two more elderly people.

During his appeal at the Hiroshima High Court, Homi's lawyers pleaded his innocence, claiming that he could not be held criminally responsible by reason of insanity or diminished mental capacity.

But the court upheld in 2016 a lower court ruling that judged Homi was fully competent to be held legally responsible. 

It did, however, acknowledge that he suffered from a type of delusional disorder.

Source: Kyodo News, Staff, July 11, 2019

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