As usual,I'm going to have to go against the grain here a little bit.
First of all,I'm not against proper punishment that fits the crime.
If you rape,murder,or rob you deserve to be punished.
I'm also for removing people from society --permanently-- who cannot be trusted to live in society without raping,robbing,murdering,etc.
And putting them to death is a good way to do that.
I do not agree with the SCOTUS when it says we cant execute rapists.
And as for Texas ending the last meal stuff....I can remember a time when a man stood on the post and had a last cigarette,before facing hot lead,if he did wrong.
This was when men were men,and took the consequences for what they did with proper courage and fortitude.
Now were all just a bunch of whiny little babies who think "the system" should still coddle us,even when its executing us "in the most humane way possible".
(Is there any wonder why people today are so immature,depraved,and morally bankrupt?)
However,I have a niggling little problem with the death penalty and with the so-called "justice" system that keeps me from believing it can properly do its job.
Trials have turned into theatrical displays where the price you pay your lawyer determines how good a show he will put on for you,and which ultimately can determine your fate.
Prosecutors routinely maliciously persecute anyone they think they can get a "win" out of to advance their career,and for the defense attorneys,rather than actually being morally upstanding they play games with technicalities to get their "win".
We use sciences that are not absolute,and claim them to be absolute,especially when the state funds and staffs the laboratories these sciences are used in.
The apparatus of the state from police,to prosecutor,and judge -INCLUDING the above mentioned science labs- are all on "the same side",GONE is the impartiality of the judicial system.
The 4th amendment is routinely ignored by police and the courts uphold it; recently the SCOTUS claimed that if the police "smell" something coming from your home they no longer need a warrant.
Not like the now meager protection of the warrant system helps restrain police activity- the police have been involved in sordid scenarios where they get 'evidence' for a warrant by employing known criminals to break the law for them,like in the case of Ryan Fredrick shooting and killing Detective Jerrod Shivers,when Shivers obtained a warrant by getting two B&E "specialists" to break into Fredricks' house,and the criminals lied about a marijuana growing operation.
The magistrate or judge who signed off on that warrant was supposed to be an impartial mediator,and instead of refusing to allow the police the obviously unreasonable authority to enter Fredricks house based on the blatantly criminal investigative tactics used,he rubber stamped it.
And despite all the rhetoric about the 'justice system' "holding people accountable"- suffered no consequence for having done so,as if the 4th Amendment is a "mere technicality".
So much for accountability.
Police routinely violently abuse members of the public in such a manner that if they WERE NOT police,they would be charged with serious offenses.
Police also are rapidly evolving (or rather,one should say "Devolving") into that "standing army" our Founders warned would be an instrument of tyranny here at home- they use military weapons,training,and tactics on the general populace with flippant regularity.
And these police enforce "gun control" laws.
"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty... The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
-St. George Tucker,Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1803)
On the flip side- criminals who murder and rape with aplomb get sentences that in no way reflect their crimes.
I heard one story where a beautiful young girl was brutally murdered in cold blood,and of the 3 criminals that were involved- only one got a sentence of more than 10 years.
The government seems to relish "throwing the book" at mala prohibita offenders - those people who violate the "political law",or rather,the government's "do as I say or else" law.
Violate the tax code and get 35 years in a federal prison where you will do 95% of that time.
Murder in cold blood and the state your in might hit you with a life sentence and your out in 10 years.
How is any of this "justice"?
All that being said,with much more that COULD be said-
Do we really TRUST such a system to have the power of life and death over We,The People?
I'd much rather see the victims families go vigilante,to tell the truth.
Theres more real justice in that,then this broken,malignantly ignorant of Natural Law(not to mention the Constitution), "system" could ever hope to deliver.