This is a discussion on Question: If you could revamp the penalties for felonies, misdemeanors ... within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Cold Shot ... consensual sex ... after she says stop. She feels even more guilty in the morning and calls the police ...
I'm all for "workfare" sentences for prisoners. Let them do road construction, clearing debris on highways, pick up litter, etc.
All convicted rapists (violent, unwanted sex) should be executed upon conviction. [Sex between BF/GF when one or both are underage, when consensual and within a few years difference in age should NOT be a crime, period!]
Domestic Violence needs to be re-defined. Right now if I yell at my Wife, she can claim DV and I lose my rights. DV with violent action is one thing, verbal "abuse" (arguing) is something I would not categorize as a crime. It also should be "graded", slapping someone's butt with an open hand is very different from taking a tire iron to their face and the punishment should reflect the severity and not be "one size fits all".
Death penalty for those convicted of mayhem, murder, attempt to murder with extreme violence!
Drunk drivers, drug addict convictions should require the person to work in hospital ERs, other environments where they can see the damage done, perhaps help others, and provide real service as part of their punishment.
In my opinion...
as far as legal systems go... Ours is the best in the world. The right to absoloute counsul, the right to not incriminate ones self, The presumption of innocence, the right to confront your accusor, the right to not have cruel and unusual pinishment used against you, The right to examine evidence used against you, The right to judicial appeal, right to a trial by a jury of peers. It go's on and on... It's easy to suggest harsh, and difficult punishment for various violations of crime... Unless of course it's you or someone you care about.
Each municipality, city, and state has it's own set of laws... Thousands of them. The federal government has so many laws that no one person knows them all. The local government's and the federal government has infinate power, finances, and resources... All in array against you. The only thing we the individuals have working for us is our constitutionally protected rights, and jurisprudence. As I said... it all sounds good untill all that power, and resources is aimed at me.
I am against the death penalty. I dont believe the state has the right to play GOD. Man is imperfect, as are all his works. It's to easy to put someone to death based on political, racial, popular views, vengence, or other petty reasons... none coming near the seriousness of taking a persons life. The death penalty is not reversable. A dead person can never be made whole again, if put to death by mistake. However I do believe the death penalty should be available to each citizen as their right to defend themself. A person who takes another life in self defense not for vengence, or politics, or any other reason... but to insure his or her own survival.
We have far too many laws. It's almost impossible to be a completely legal. Too often a legal person id confused with an honest person. And everyone makes mistakes. I beliee that every law with criminal consiquences should be based in one of the 10 commandments. Really... what more do we need?
I find it very funny that in a court of law... the only person who can plead ignorance of the law... Is a lawyer.