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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.

Judicial reforms

India needs judicial reforms. Cases drag on for years from lower courts to Sessions Courts to High Courts to Supreme Court. Adjournments and stay orders delay justice. Appeals are allowed long after the expiry of the period granted for appeal. Cases decided by arbitration are appealed in High Courts. There are various tribunals whose judgments can be appealed.

Cases of murder, rape, abduction, hijacking and such high crimes must be tried by a court having three judges and the decision should be first and last. There should be no appeal, only mercy petition in case there is punishment. Minor crimes may be tried by one judge. Civil matters may be tried by one judge or three judges depending on the amount involved and there should be no appeal.

Public interest litigation should be done away with. The law does not provide for PIL. It was an invention of a CJI. Mostly PIL is publicity interest litigation or political interest litigation or private interest litigation.

There should be no lawyers. In criminal matters police should produce evidence and witnesses and the accused have to defend themselves. They may question police evidence and witnesses and produce evidence and witnesses in their defence which the police may question.

Punishment to be consecutive and not concurrent. It should be multiplied according to the people who suffer. If two years is the punishment for causing death by accident of one person it should be 30,000 years for causing death by accident of 15,000 persons. If one year is the punishment for leaking a question paper in which one student appears for an examination it should be 1,00,000 years when 1,00,000 students appear for an examination.

There should be no parole or furlough or early release. Many people jump parole or furlough. Sometimes people who give guarantee or stand surety claim they did not do so and their signatures were forged as happened in Bitty Mohanty case. Parole or furlough is not a right. In Maharashtra in one year more than 800 persons disappeared after release on parole or furlough.

Time spent by criminals in hospitals should not be counted as part of the sentence and the period of sentence should be extended accordingly.

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