Were you aware that some states still have the death penalty?
When and if did Michigan ban the death penalty?
We all remember the day of the Batman shooting. It seemed to strike a deep cord in all of us. I know I had been planning on attending the movie with my family. Now, months later, the prosecution may be seeking the death penalty for James Holmes, the man behind the shooting.
The Huffington Post published an article yesterday that said,
On Monday, prosecutors will announce if they intend to demand the death penalty for Holmes, the shooter behind the massacre last summer at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 others hurt. The prosecution could accept a tempting plea deal and swiftly lock up Holmes forever, or move one step closer to a lengthy trial that could be therapeutic for a community nursing wounds from the horrific shooting.
The Death Penalty in Michigan?
Many of us may not have been aware that the death penalty was even an option. That is because here in Michigan, the Death Penalty Information Center reported in 1963 the death penalty was banned. Michigan’s history with death penalty includes 13 executions.
One of the more famous cases was in 1828 when Patrick Fitzpatrick was hung for a crime of rape and murder. However, in 1835 when Fitzpatrick’s roommate was on his deathbed, he confessed to the crime and that Fitzpatrick had died an innocent man.
When the constitutional convention was held in 1962, the proposal to ban the death penalty for all crimes was passed by a vote of 108 to 3.
So I asked this question: is there a time when the death penalty is appropriate? Would a conviction like that bring closure to the families of the victims?