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Turn The Other Cheek?

In 2002 the country was riveted by the disappearance of Laci Peterson. She was pregnant and missing on Christmas Eve. I remember watching the news as her family pleaded for her return. Initially her husband was not a suspect, but eventually her body, and the body of her unborn child were found and his alibi unraveled. He was found to be a liar, a cheater, and a murderer. When the jury returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to death, I wasn’t surprised and I certainly didn’t feel bad.

In 2005 when I saw reports of Brian Nichols’s courthouse shooting, I thought for sure he’d fry. It’s 2008 and he hasn’t even gone to trial yet, but if they do eventually give him the death penalty I probably won’t feel bad. It’s odd because I have always been a bit of a racial profiler when it comes to the death penalty. I never wanted to see a black man be sentenced to death (unless of course there was irrefutable proof that he committed a heinous crime against a child), but Mr. Nichols never inspired me to feel any compassion.

Last year Jessie Davis went missing in Ohio. She was about nine months pregnant, and we later learned that her two year old son witnessed her murder. Her boyfriend, an ex-cop, murdered her, and dumped her body. He was black, she was white, and I figured he would certainly get the chair! Shockingly the jury spared his life today. Even more shockingly HER mother took the stand during the penalty phase of the trial and asked the jury not to sentence him to death.

Like I said before I have never been a proponent of the death penalty per se especially as it relates to black men, but Bobby Cutts in my opinion was someone that deserved to die. He killed his pregnant girlfriend; in front of their two year old child. He rolled her body in a rug; in front of their two year old child. He left their son home alone in a dirty diaper while he went to dispose of her body. He took his homegirl from high school with him to dispose of the body. Not only is he a murderer. Not only is he a bad parent, he’s a JERK who knowingly ruined so many lives…and the homegirl is an IDIOT (If he will roll his baby momma up in a rug trust and believe a neck chopping is in your future if you EVER get out of line)! Her eleven year old child is now left without a mother while she serves out her sentence for helping Bobby’s dumb behind!

So here is my question: Where do you stand on the Death Penalty? In an effort to have the jury spare Bobby Cutts’s life, Jessie’s mom said, “I serve an amazing God, Bobby. A God that forgives and heals and restores people.” I believe God restores, and I believe God heals, but I also believe that if someone did to my loved one what Bobby did to Jessie, I could not so willingly turn the other cheek. Do you think it is ever okay to sentence someone to death, or is life in prison penalty enough? How capable are you of turning the other cheek?

JerzeeChick

 

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February 28, 2008 - Posted by | Life, News, Opinion, Society

4 Comments »

  1. I watched some of that on CNN. I thought an all white jury would give him death for killing a white woman. Her sister was so sad! He should have gotten the death penalty!!!!

    Comment by divastyles | February 28, 2008

  2. As my pastor says “I’m a work n process” & 2 quote Steve Harvey – I’m not there yet. So, I have my own death penalty & he should have gotten it from some where some how!

    Comment by JerzeeCook | February 28, 2008

  3. In 2002 the country was riveted by the disappearance of Laci Peterson. She was pregnant and missing on Christmas Eve. I remember watching the news as her family pleaded for her return. Initially her husband was not a suspect, but eventually her body, and the body of her unborn child were found and his alibi unraveled. He was found to be a liar, a cheater, and a murderer.

    He lied about sex. This surprised you? That a man would do that? However no evidence was ever offered that he murdered anyone – in fact all the evidence proved that Laci was killed by another woman for her fetus. After spending $4.13 million and going through a 5 month trial that was the totality of the evidence – he committed adultery, like 75% of married men and almost as many married women.

    Comment by A Voice of Sanity | February 29, 2008

  4. While there have been many heinous crimes committed by some nut jobs, I do not feel like any one other than God has to the right to judge and take someone’s life.

    If we rally for the killing of another human being, does that make us an accomplice… a murderer???

    While I think people who kill are SICK! I also know that our Creator makes the ultimate decision on what punishment he/she deserves.

    But, I’m sure if it were a close friend or family member that was the victim, I would certainly struggle with this issue.

    Something to ponder, I guess.

    Comment by cant commit clover | February 29, 2008


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