Friday, December 09, 2005

The Death Penalty and Cory Maye

I had an interesting fight with Jill of Feministe on the question of the death penalty a while ago. Jill made the usual discredited and unpopular left-wing arguments. It was, of course, a crushing and total victory for the side of Good and Right. (That's my side if you didn't know. Pay attention.)

The only issue where the left has traction on this one is the racial disparity angle. There are racial disparities in the death penalty; there's no good counterargument to that point. The change that needs to be made, however, isn't to eliminate the DP; it's to ensure that white criminals who deserve the death penalty get it. As on the issue of Title IX, the proper approach is to increase the participation of one group in the system, not decrease another group's participation (or eliminate sports).

That said, it is also important for death penalty supporters to recognize that - justice systems being run by human beings - there are cases of genuine injustice that should be rectified. Instapundit is doing a good job of shining a spotlight on one such case.


mythago said...

I assume you've both read Ultimate Punishment?

Robert said...

Doesn't ring a bell, no.

mythago said...

Scott Turow wrote it. Have a look--there's something for even diseased liberty-reducers such as yourself to love.

Robert said...

I'll put it on my to-read list, Mythago. Thanks.

And I'm not diseased. The doctors say that the infection cleared up great with the amoxycillin.

Lawrence said...

I recall first reading the details of Cory Maye's case and having a strong sense of "There but for the grace of God go I." It seems to me that if someone busted into my house in the middle of the night, unidentified, then I too might take exteme measures to protect those I love.

Laura Denyes, myself, and some like minded people have been working on a petition asking or Cory Maye's release. We've tried to word the petition in a manner that conservatives, libertarians and liberals would all feel comfortable signing it. We have it up now here:

We hope to bring attention to the case of Cory Maye. At some point this spring, we intend to print this out and mail it to the Governor of Mississippi and to all the major newspapers.

If you feel able to sign this petition, please do. We hope to get at least 10,000 useable signatures (when I say useable, I mean signatures with reasonably full addresses. The signatures without addresses will probably be subtracted out before we send this to the newspapers).