Wendy said- "Utah had a firing squad. It was prohibited a few years ago but several death row inmates were grandfathered in and were allowed to have that method if they so chose"
THAT statement is a great example of one of the things wrong with the death penalty. Appeals and re-trials and ongoing litegatation for years and sometimes decades is what drives up the costs of having someone on death row. The fact that the guy from Utah had been on death row for 20+ years and is just now meeting is fate his sickening to me.
I for one whole heartdly support and stand strong for the death penalty. Better yet I support the "do onto you what you've do onto others" penalty. You should be allowed one appeal for the fact that no one gets it right every single time. (Even the MLB has has to conceed this fact!) If after your appeal the same decision is reached you should receive your punishment at that time! We've fed you 3 squares a day while you had your appeal, you've had enough, your time is done. If you shot someone, you get shot. No glitz and glamour (MEDIA), one bullet and you're done. If you stab someone, you get stabbed. I would also include rapists in this equation in the fact of if you're convicted (have your one appeal and are still found to be guily) you will no longer have the means to rape again no matter what because your "urge" will be surgically eliminated.
In short (too late I know) the principle of "Eye for an eye" has quite a lot of merit in my mind and if not for our f'd up court systems, would serve us well!
Just one guy's opinion of course