So I watched Boston Legal the other night--one of my new favorite shows. I find I enjoy all those shows with lots of arrogant, but incredibly intelligent characters--like Chicago Hope, West Wing, Boston Legal and House. Anyway, last Sunday's episode featured a storyline in which a presumably innocent man was set to executed in the state of Texas and Alan Shore (played by James Spader) went down to argue in front of the Texas High Court for the man's life. It really chaps my hide that people who are opposed to the death penalty always have to frame their arguments in terms of innocent people--and saints no less. The character to be executed was borderline retarded and had in the meantime become quite religious and passive--a model prisoner to be sure. And of course, he was in all likelihood innocent. And to top it off, the Texas High Court was cast as all redneck dolts with third grade educations who enjoy killing puppies and people to boot.
This is just so disingenous. It reminded me of The Life of David Gale, the Kevin Spacey anti-death penalty movie slanted so heavily I left the theater with a crook in my neck. Personally, I support the death penalty. There are some people who prove by their actions they're not fit to live in society. And I don't feel like I should have the spend my hard earned money supporting their life sentences. Just kill 'em. Yeah yeah, you say we spend more money on appeals and such in death penalty cases, but that could be reformed. You get convicted, you get one automatic appeal and that's it. If you can kill, you can be killed.
That being said, I have an open mind and I am more than willing to listen to your opposing viewpoints. But at least be honest. The vast majority of people executed are cold blooded killers--not framed saints. I'm not a complete barbarian--I think the death penalty should be reserved for the guilty. For once, I'd like to see someone try to assail the death penalty with an Osama bin Laden or a Hannibal Lector in the defense chair. Convince me that they shouldn't be tortured and hung at the Superbowl half time show. None is this crap about forced confessions and crooked courts. Gimme a break.