Your thoughts about the death penalty for people under 18

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  1. PatsFan

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    Just wondering what you guys think about this issue? I generally agree with the decision.
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.

    The 5-4 decision throws out the death sentences of about 70 juvenile murderers and bars states from seeking to execute minors for future crimes.

    The executions, the court said, were unconstitutionally cruel.

    Source: Associated Press
     
  2. ckm49er

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    I agree somewhat i dont think a 12 year old should be put on death row, but if lets say a person thats 16 or 17 does some outrageous crime then yes
     
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    i wonder what the family of the murderers family would say... i dont think theyd want him back out on the streets.
     
  4. MargoWriter

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    I always used to be all for the death penalty for any murderer . . . Right now I'm not as much becaue of a few reasons. I was thinking about how the first murderer was dealt with.

    Cain was sent packing. Interesting. God didn't strike him dead.

    Obviously we live in imperfect world. No government now is going to handle these things exactly according to Biblical standards.

    I think the decision is probably OK, but I'd like to see these offenders go through some programs--work with some counselors and stuff. Of course ideally they would be talked to about their sin and need for a Savior, but that's not likely to happen in this day and age.

    Anyway, interesting topic. Thank the Lord he's in control even when we don't always know what's right.
     
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