Should those on death row have a right to a speedy execution?

Posted by: PetersSmith

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

  • Yes, considering the fact it would be gut-wrenching to suffer in prison to know that you will be executed in many years. A long and drawn-out wait for your death isn't necessary nor efficient. Living in a jail cell and counting the waning days or being lifted of that guilty misery fairly quickly, the latter is preferable. "I want to be served with my death warrant and to be executed as soon as possible."-Dale Hausner

  • No, the idea is to avoid executing innocent people. Extended sentences give time for appeals to be made. If it happened in two years, it would be difficult to see how it could really be adequately appealed at all.

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  • It would save time and money

    Posted by: ashkan
  • Wait, you're asking if they have a right to a speedy execution? That means they have a choice, so if they are innocent they have the right to keep it lengthy and allow for an investigation. Seems that everyone wins with this one.

  • If they want to be executed faster, I see no reason why they shouldn't have a speedy execution. (On a side note, you can waive your appeals which makes the whole process faster and cheaper. This may be the same as a speedy execution)

  • The prolonged suffering of a person who is already ultimately going to be executed is unjust and unnecessary. If a person is already sentenced to death, there is no further reason to keep them in prison, unless the death sentence will be served out at the prison. This person, or this scumbag, already knows that he is going to die. If he wants his execution to be given to him at an earlier date or if there is the possibility to give him his death sentence at an earlier time, why wait? Is some god-given revelation going to develop if we keep this person in the prison for any longer?

    Posted by: iDaire
  • No matter the crime, if the guilty wants to be dead, give them death.

  • If guilty and 2 appeals then we need to go ahead and do this. Do warehouse people. From the days of Babylon, China, Ancient Greece, when given death then it should be given to detour others from killing.

  • And we still execute tons of innocent people on a regular basis. There should not be a death penalty. and 1) It costs less fir life in prison than the death penalty 2) It makes me sick that people support state sanctioned killing because "its saves money."

    Posted by: Stefy
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Kreakin says2015-05-15T16:58:01.7579097-05:00
Most people appeal which is what takes the time I thought.
Kreakin says2015-05-15T16:59:40.0703701-05:00
However I do think it is a form of torture being on death row, and likely a breach of human rights.
CannedBread says2015-05-15T18:24:08.1697449-05:00
Neither, if they demand a speedy trial they may be granted a speedy trial. It says that in the Constitutions that everyone is allowed to a fair and speedy trial, so executions are sort of like trials.
Mister_Man says2015-05-15T18:56:24.0303944-05:00
I'd say no, let em rot for a while, considering death isn't a punishment at all in my eyes.

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