Originally posted by Paul Stevens:
Randall what punishment for killing another is too much? Or are you referring to the 3 strikes laws and not murder?
I AM THE LAW!
Originally posted by John Bateman:
Also, I read somewhere there are laws where YOU , the victim determine the payment for a crime. (Wish I could remember the country). So if you beat up my girlfriend, I could theoretically beat up yours. Also, if you steal say a cherished family heirloom passed down for 5 generations and you lose or break it. I.E. You can't replace it. Who are the courts to decide that this is trivial and not worth jail time, or a 50$ fine. Only I can determine it's worth in my eyes so I would determine the price you would be short of death.
Imagine how afraid people would be to commit crimes when you had no IDEA how bad the sentence would be.
Originally posted by Peter Lyons:
I sympathize with your desire to see criminals prosecuted and punished, but this sounds like complete barbarism. Under such a system, to have even a minor crime committed against you would put the life of the criminal in your hands. That's wrong. You are upset about one extreme, where murderers or would-be-murderers pathetically light sentences. This is the other extreme.