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Kaine is either, completely, ignorant of Catholic teachings or he is dishonest.

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Oshinsky is terrible.

Quijano was a defense expert witness who, just like another expert, testified that Buck was at a reduced probability of future danger.
Neither of them ever stated that Buck represented a future danger because of race.
The ONLY comment that Quijano made about Hispanics and blacks was, in response to a question by the prosecution,
Regarding race, Dr. Quijano testified only that “minorities, Hispanics and blacks” were overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
That's it. Period.
 Buck had a history of violence.


"There is no race of the offender / victim effect at either the decision to advance a case to penalty hearing or the decision to sentence a defendant to death given a penalty hearing."

"As blacks represent 47% of murderers and whites 37%, we see that whites murderers are twice as likely to be executed for committing murder as are black murderers."

From 1977-2012, white death row murderers have been executed at a rate 41% higher than are black death row murderers, 19.3% vs 13.7%, respectively. ( Table 12, Executions and other dispositions of inmates sentenced to death, by race and Hispanic origin, 1977–2012, Capital Punishment 2012, Bureau of Justice Statistics, last edited 11/3/14)

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Can You Trust Sister Helen Prejean?
Dudley Sharp
The parents of rape/torture/murder victim Loretta Bourque, a "Dead Man Walking" Case 
" . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category." 
"Being devout Catholics, 'the norm' would be to look to the church for support and healing. Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean." (1) 
Case Detective Michael Vernado, in the rape/torture/murder of Faith Hathaway, a Dead Man Walking Case 
"I wouldn't have had as much trouble with (Prejean's) views if she would have told the truth . . ." " . . . (Sr. Prejean) based her book on what was in I guess a defense file and what (rapist/murderer) Robert Willie telling her." (1)
" . . . she's trying to mislead people in the book. And that's something that she's going have to work out with herself." "(Sr. Prejean's) certainly not after giving anybody spiritual advice to try to save their soul." (1) 
Book Review: "Sister Prejean's Lack of Credibility: Review of "The Death of Innocents", by Thomas M. McKenna (New Oxford Review, 12/05).  
"The book is moreover riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations."
"Williams had confessed to repeatedly stabbing his victim, Sonya Knippers."
"This DNA test was performed by an independent lab in Dallas, which concluded that there was a one in nearly four billion chance that the blood could have been someone's other than Williams's." 
" . . . despite repeated claims that (Prejean) cares about crime victims, implies that the victim's husband was a more likely suspect but was overlooked because the authorities wanted to convict a black man." 
" . . . a Federal District Court . . . stated that 'the evidence against Williams was overwhelming.' " "The same court also did "not find any evidence of racial bias specific to this case." 
Did she consider the mental suffering of a parent who lost their innocent daughter to a rape/murder or, possibly, the mental (and physical) suffering of that girl, as she was being raped and murdered?
Of course the sister considered it and she made her choice - the murderer.
"(Sr. Prejean) remains convinced that if people could see the brutality of killing a human being, they might reconsider their support for the death penalty." (3)
REPLY: See the pattern? Sr. Prejean is talking of the peaceful execution of the guilty murderers, not the incredible brutality of the murder of the innocent victims. That is Sr, Prejean's norm (3).
Sr. Prejean: “It is abundantly clear that the Bible depicts murder as a capital crime for which death is considered the appropriate punishment, and one is hard pressed to find a biblical ‘proof text’ in either the Hebrew Testament or the New Testament which unequivocally refutes this. Even Jesus’ admonition ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone,’ when He was asked the appropriate punishment for an adulteress (John 8:7) – the Mosaic Law prescribed death – should be read in its proper context. This passage is an ‘entrapment’ story, which sought to show Jesus’ wisdom in besting His adversaries. It is not an ethical pronouncement about capital punishment .” Dead Man Walking (2)
It appears that she has forgotten all of this.
“(Sister Prejean)  received nothing but a stony silence, however, when she questioned the basis of the biblical crucifixion story as a “projection of our violent society.” “Is this a God?” Prejean asked about the belief that God allowed his son, Jesus, to be sacrificed for the sins of humanity. “Or is this an ogre?” “The audience — to that point in strong agreement with the author of “Dead Man Walking” — said and did nothing.” (“God, ogre comparison doesn’t fly with interfaith crowd”, Paul A. Anthony, Rocky Mountain News, 03:35 p.m., August 24, 2008) (2)
It is understandable that the audience was stunned. Sister Prejean is questioning the bedrock of the Christian faith.
Appropriately, Pope Benedict XIV appears to rebuke her a few days later:  “If to save us the Son of God had to suffer and die crucified, it certainly was not because of a cruel design of the heavenly Father. The cause of it is the gravity of the sickness of which he must cure us: an evil so serious and deadly that it will require all of his blood. In fact, it is with his death and resurrection that Jesus defeated sin and death, reestablishing the lordship of God.”  (“It Is Not ‘Optional’ for Christians to Take Up the Cross”, 8/31/2008) (2)
Much more in footnotes
1) Sister Helen Prejean: A Critical Review
2)  Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review  
3)  Sr. Helen Prejean: "Botched" Nun
The Death Penalty: Fair and Just

New Testament Death Penalty Support Overwhelming

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Actually; the decision is complete idocy

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The death penalty is not murder, rationally, biblically or theologically, any more than incarceration is not kidnapping and fines are not theft.

There are distinct moral differnces between crime and punishment, guilty criminal and innocent vicitm.
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