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Old January 20, 2011, 12:14 PM   #26
Glenn E. Meyer
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The actual number of insanity pleas is very small and the success among that small number is very small.

It is also a philosophical issue. Execution will not deter the mentally ill person of this suspected caliber. Also, the costs of execution are not proven to be cheaper than imprisonment. Last, if we know that someone did not act in a rational manner and was driven by what are probably physiological processes beyond the control of supposed free will - besides vengenance - what purpose is execution?

It's nice to chest pound and we are starting to do so. Thus, I said in the beginning, I'll close it if we go that way.

And we did and so I shall.

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