Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Capital Punishment and Suicide

Timothy Doan Payne of Granby, an East Newton High School graduate, was convicted of murder last year. His partner in the Texas strip club killing has asked to be executed.

Suicide has a long history of being a crime under the common law. It is a violation of the command "Thou shalt not kill."

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution allows for slavery "as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."

Why should the State be an accomplice in the crime of assisted suicide? Why not make the murderer an indentured servant and give the fruit of his labor to the estates of his victims?

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