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senate Bill S. 1134

Should the Murderers of Federal Judges or Public Safety Officers Face the Death Penalty?

Argument in favor

If someone murders or tries to kill a federal judge or public safety officer they should be faced with lengthy mandatory minimums and potentially the death penalty. Such a crime seeks to undermine the rule of law, and should be punished harshly.

Mark's Opinion
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06/03/2017
These people are public servants just as much as the police, and are unarmed. They absolutely NEED this protection. More, they deserve it.
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Vanessa's Opinion
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06/02/2017
If a person working in an official capacity, to protect and serve, is killed while performing those duties, the perpetrator needs to be dealt with to the highest extent of the law. Officers need to know we stand behind them 100% and take their service as a privilege, not our right.
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Kyle's Opinion
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06/03/2017
Many times in our past, the pursuit of Justice was intentionally harmed by murdering members of the police, prosecution and judiciary. There can be no quarry for criminals who attempt to sway justice by attacking our law enforcers and jurists.
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Argument opposed

It’s wrong for the government to impose the death penalty on a citizen under any circumstance, as the judicial system that would mete out the punishment is prone to errors and it’s impossible to bring back someone who was wrongly executed.

Gabriel 's Opinion
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06/03/2017
What about those who murder unarmed black people... 🤔
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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06/03/2017
I can think of nothing more terrifying than giving the State the authority to kill, even out of retribution. Not once in history has that power been wielded without grave ethical violations. Murder by State does nothing to correct, to undo, or to apply justice to murder by citizen.
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Coty's Opinion
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06/02/2017
A murder is a murder, and the degree of punishment should be based on the the crime committed. No matter what.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2017
    State sanctioned murder is still murder and studies show it does not work and only causes more pain and grief.
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    "Should get the death penalty?" All human life should be preserved, but in the case of murder, the death penalty should be considered as well as well as lesser penalties. Thus, if a gang member in Chicago shoots another gang member, it's murder just like the same gang member shooting a police officer in pursuit. It's murder. So it's up to the DA to establish special circumstances. And I'm Okay with the rope or needle, but waiting 20 years before the sentence is carried out is just absolutely insane. Certainly there are cases of wrongful convictions and death. Those who perpetrate wrongful convictions should be investigated.
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    Murder is not justice except when in imminent peril of one's life. I believe so long as there's breath there's opportunity to find one's humanity. I do not support the death penalty under any circumstance. It is not justice. It is revenge.
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    One life should not be implied more precious than another. Kill me, you get manslaughter. Kill a fed, you get the death penalty. This does not uphold "all men are created equal."
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    No because I oppose the death penalty. Also when will it be illegal for cops to execute unarmed people again? Cause cops are getting away with it and it sure looks legal.
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    Death doesn't bring back life.
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    Only if the same applies to the rogue untrained police officers who are still murdering innocent civilians.
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    If you choose to be a public servant to society (i.e. Law enforcement, judges) you shouldn't get to claim your a special class which deserve special punishments. Groups of people classified under hate crime statutes did not choose their race, sexual orientation, sex, etc. yet they are targeted. This is distinction cannot be overlooked.
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    I don't want my tax money spent murdering anyone.
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    Yes, the death penalty is ok for this crime, but no special categories. No life is less or more than another.
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    The death penalty is a relic of age in which public morals were vastly different. Today, most people would consider stoning, hanging, and firing squads severe and barbaric. Electric chairs and lethal injections are no different. I oppose this bill.
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    This appears to make federal workers more valuable than the average worker.
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    All people should be equal under the law.
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    Your job does not make you any more important than anyone else. Period.
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    This feels biased for police officers, particularly when they interact with African American individuals.
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    The dealth penalty is barbarism, and police departments need to face greater accountability from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles before they are given even more power over life and death.
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    To quote Laura: Full disclosure, I do not support the death penalty. However even if I did I would not support this bill. The "reasoning" behind the bill is inherently flawed. Firstly, equality of all is a founding (although not realized) principle of this nation, and yet this bill presumes some lives are more valuable than others and appears to base that erred conclusion on something as flimsy as an individual's occupation. How absurd. Secondly, our criminal justice system is supposed to be about justice, not revenge. Granted, that certainly isn't always the case, but this bill in particular reeks with the spirit of revenge and retaliation. Such an attitude and response is counterproductive to the cause of fairness and justice. Finally, law enforcement and the criminal justice system in this country are rife with systemic bias, excessive use of force and disparity in how laws are enforced and sentencing is carried out with people of color disproportionately receiving harsher treatment than their white counterparts. Until we openly seriously address this issue and those with the authority to do so take meaningful steps to correct the problem(s) any increased mandatory sentencing will purposefully disproportionately harm individuals and communities of color. Their is no fairness or justice in that. This is a bad bill. Do not support it.
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    Death Penalty is a wrong philosophy and primitive. Weaker beings subscribe to these poor, unethical, immoral beliefs. Supporting a different punishment for different people in our society suggests that some people are more important than others and supports a classed society.
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    I am against the death penalty on principle. But at any rate, no one persons life is worth more than another person. so no matter their vocation, their murder should be treated as any other murder.
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    This seems to be the second bill seeking special prosecutorial punishments for crimes against specially identified persons due to rank or job. Personally, I think we need to take a long hard look at what our longstanding support of state sanctioned killing says about us as a people, what deterring and causative effect the death penalty has actually had on violent crime, data on death penalty sentencing by race and crime, and a serious look at how the death penalty has actually been carried out in recent years and whether too many such cases might constitute cruel and unusual punishment. That aside, if there are issues with crime and punishment that a special class might feel it needs greater punitive protection measures, perhaps we should consider whether the system might also not be working for those with lesser capacity to have their voices heard by our esteemed lawmakers. Let's not create VIP courts, laws and punishments, but perhaps get back to the idea of a level playing field.
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