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Opening Arguments

Get him outta here

We tough-on-criminals types have to answer for people mistakenly convicted -- in capital punishment cases especially, but in all other prosecutions as well. The show-some-compassion crowd, though, has to talk about monsters like this guy, who beat his 3-week-old son to death:

The 24-year-old also said, according to a probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday, that he had trouble in the past controlling his temper, was into Satanism and that “there is something that doesn't allow him to care.”

Something that doesn't allow him to care. Is your heart melting? I don't think he deserves to be on the planet. What would you do with him?


Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:15am

I'd bet he came from a home where his parents beat him to death, only he didn't die. Certainly he needs to be incarcerated, but I don't think this quite rises to the level of "off the planet," by which I assume you mean a farewell ride on Old Sparky.

A J Bogle
Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:34am

I am generally not in favor of the death penalty, but in cases such as a heinous crime against children I can certainly deviate from my principles and this sounds like one of those times

Karla Frownfelter
Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:42am

If only something hadn't given him the urge to procreate, or eat, or breathe.

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:59am

>>What would you do with him?<<

Can I use a wood chipper?

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 11:16am

I dunno, A.J. An immature parent who slaps a crying baby around may be a scumbag but he's no intentional murderer. Someone who premeditatively kills a child deserves the death penalty. It doesn't appear to be the case here.

Sat, 09/01/2007 - 6:27pm

Bullet between the eyes?

Steve T.
Mon, 09/03/2007 - 12:56am

This guy has something worth listening to -- he's saying what many of us suspect -- that people like him are among an increasing percentage of supposedly normal people who can't feel much for others. There's a mystery here worth pursuing in a formal scientific setting. Why is sociopathy on the rise in mainstream society?

Steve T.
Mon, 09/03/2007 - 11:59am

Sorry. Re-reading this thread I'm concerned that my comment above may be mistaken as disagreement with Leo. I rarely disagree with Leo, as a matter of fact. I'm simply making an additional point - that sociopathy is becoming alarmingly common in some, perhaps all, quarters of American society, and that is worth getting to the bottom of - asap.