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Mississippi shall have death penalty

A dead murderer cannot commit another murder. Sometimes murderers come out of jail and commit more murders.

In Michigan, John D. White murdered a 26-year old woman and spent 12 years in jail. He came out and became a pastor. He murdered his fiancée’s 24-year old daughter Rebekah Gay, stripped her, and dumped her body. He wanted to have necrophilia with her. He said he did not remember whether he fulfilled his sexual fantasy. If John D. White had been executed for the first murdered he would not have murdered Rebekah Gay.

The people of Mississippi shall amend their constitution and law. They shall have death penalty for murder, attempted murder, abduction, hijacking, kidnapping and such high crimes. Haley Barbour shall be held guilty and executed for pardoning more than 200 persons on his last day in office. Pardons granted by Haley Barbour shall be revoked. The judges who rejected the appeal of Attorney General to revoke the pardons because 30-days notice was not given should be sacked.

California shall retain death penalty

People of California have a referendum on Proposition 34 which is about retention of death penalty. Around 260 murderers face death penalty in California. Some groups are canvassing for abolition of death penalty. Some are in favour of death penalty. It is sad that Catholic bishops favour abolition.

People of California should learn lessons from Mexico which did away with death penalty. Murders take place openly without any fear. That has led to rival gangs engaging in shootouts anywhere, anytime. Policepersons are not safe. Priests, teachers and many others are murdered at random. California should imitate Texas which executed around 254 persons in 11 years. Texas’ Governor Rick Perry earned applause for his statement that he does not lose sleep over people executed.

Life sentence is not a deterrent for murderers. Many murderers come out on parole. Sometimes governors pardon murderers. Haley Barbour pardoned around 210 convicts including many murderers on his last day as Governor of Mississippi. Families of victims were shocked. There was not even 30-days notice. Judges did not strike down the pardon. Similarly another governor had pardoned many murderers on his last day in office.

Many times evil presents itself as good. Jesus in his parable of wheat and darnel warned people to be careful of evil. It is evil to oppose death penalty for murder. People in favour of death penalty should do their best for retention of death penalty in California and also strive for death penalty for murder in other states and countries.

Rajat Gupta case

Rajat Gupta was found guilty of insider trading in June 2012. His sentencing is on 24/10/2012. Sentencing should follow immediately after someone is found guilty. Keeping a gap of several months is not good. In Rajat Gupta’s case, many people including Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Rajat Gupta’s wife and four daughters have written to the judge Jed Rakoff to let off Rajat Gupta lightly. Trying to influence the judge should be an offence and anyone who does that should be sentenced to minimum one year imprisonment.

Bill Gates has exaggerated Rajat Gupta’s work as chair of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by writing many millions of people are leading better lives – or are alive at all – thanks to the efforts he ably supported. Kofi Annan wrote “I urge you to recognise Rajat for the good he has done in the world, to give him the credit that he deserves for helping others and to take into account his efforts to improve the lives of millions of people.”

Rajat Gupta’s humanitarian work is irrelevant to the trial. He revealed secrets of Goldman Sachs investments in September-October 2008 to Raj Rajaratnam who is serving 11 years jail sentence. That was the time when many banks and companies including Goldman Sachs lost billions of dollars and were rescued by bail-outs at the cost of taxpayers. Many people lost their jobs and homes. The judge should consider only the crime and proper punishment. He should issue a public warning to people who wrote him letters that trying to influence a judge will invite punishment.

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