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  • jjsmith1973 Mar 1, 2013

    @sherlock how about those that have been found innocent. Did they do the crime? Nope!

  • jjsmith1973 Mar 1, 2013

    Let me remind some of you about history that thinks this type of punishment deters crime. After a early history of years of public executions, of with your head, hangings. We have proven through history it doesn't prevent or stop crime. As long as people view this as the solution to the problem of crime then we will never stop those crimes. Also, before people say it is because of our system now, I refer you to history again when they didn't have appeals and had no problem with executing just based on accusations. I also refer you to Texas today where death penalty is carried out regularly yet they fall in line with everyone else when it comes to violent crime numbers

  • Sherlock Mar 1, 2013

    Yes, you will and you should be. You were put there for the crime you did. And the faster it is carried out the better as it save tax money. The person you kill will never have the chances you had. Let the punishment fit the crime.

  • chrisnrali Mar 1, 2013

    jjsmith, I NEVER said one thing about "next day death penalty services". I want JUSTICE for the victims, and those who have been found guilty, with plenty of actual EVIDENCE, punsihed. Those who have admitted to doing the crime. Those are the ones that should be ushered to the front of the line. Don't put words in my mouth. You won't like what comes back out.

  • apennyforyourthoughts Mar 1, 2013

    "If an occasional innocent is mistakenly executed, hopefully, that will be offset by the innocent victims that are saved when other would-be criminals are deterred from doing harm because of the severe and timely consequences." You would be ok with you, one of your children or family members being executed mistakenly just to deter others? NOT! This is scary!

  • pappy1 Mar 1, 2013

    Way to go WRAL. Further cementing your position as a non-news organization.

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 2013

    @chrisrali also, no I'm not kidding when I think this statement by johnbs48, "If an occasional innocent is mistakenly executed, hopefully, that will be offset by the innocent victims that are saved when other would-be criminals are deterred from doing harm because of the severe and timely consequences." is insane and the face you think it is ok is crazy

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 2013

    @chrinrali nope not kidding you. You think it is impossible that it would ever happen to you at all or a family member I'm guessing because it just would never happen you just don't ever put yourself in those situation. Tell that to all the innocent people that have been found not only innocent of the crime and released, some innocent and killed, I bet they thought the same. You and @johnbs48 seem to not understand rights. You are ok with a couple of innocent people killed b/c of a mistake. The justice system and rights wasn't developed to convict people. They were made to protect innocent people and it has failed because people like you want next day death penalty service and believe anyone arrested is guilty first. You want to throw out the constitution to fit your belief when you think it doesn't apply to you. I see it all the time. People like you are the same people that complain when you find out how the system really works because you find yourself in a bad spot eventually

  • chrisnrali Feb 28, 2013

    "@johnbs48 WOW, what happens when that innocent is you or a family member"
    you're kidding, right?

  • chrisnrali Feb 28, 2013

    If their were fewer liberals and more, justice in this state, then yes you would be next.
    btw, how can liberals have no trouble creating and then killing a baby but be COMPLETELY against killing killers?

  • natsfan1965 Feb 28, 2013

    This peice confirms something I have felt for a long time. Death row inmates have FAR more privileges than they deserve. They should get 3 hots and a cot. No tv or anything else. The time frame for executing them from the time of conviction to date of the sentence being carried out should be no more than a year. The appeals process must be streamlined to get this done. We the taxpayers should not be feeding and clothing these people for YEARS on end.

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 2013

    Once someone is found guilty, and loses their appeal, they need to be executed within a very short time, no more than a week. Why do they have to drag it out so long making the taxpayers support these walking dead. If an occasional innocent is mistakenly executed, hopefully, that will be offset by the innocent victims that are saved when other would-be criminals are deterred from doing harm because of the severe and timely consequences.


    @johnbs48 WOW, what happens when that innocent is you or a family member?

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 2013

    Love the comments on here that totally ignore the fact that people have been found innocent and released from death row in this state after being on it for years. Guess in your opinion we get a couple wrong convictions in a system that has already leaned to not requiring any evidence to convict and sentance to death then oh well right? Hope you never end up in the wrong place at the wrong time in this state with people like you. If you are a male hope your wife never ends up missing, try telling people you didn't do it even if you really didn't do it. Good luck with that

  • commonsenseisn't Feb 28, 2013

    If you execute the people on death row hundreds of attorneys will lose millions of dollars for doing the appeals forever.

  • mewuvbb Feb 28, 2013

    They need to rush it up, so they will not be worried???

  • JAT Feb 28, 2013

    "am i going to be next?" probably the same thing the person they killed wondered to themselves before they were brutally murdered. at least the prisoner gets to wake up and breath the next morning.

  • Bewitched Feb 28, 2013

    Boo hoo. I don't have any sympathy for them - the waiting and wondering is part of their punishment.

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 28, 2013

    TOOOOOOO bad for them ....are they feeling remorseful now??????

    ONLY because they were caught and they miss their dealer.

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 28, 2013

    Thats right, we should strive to be more like Iran shouldn't we?

    Nah we should just let them go so that they can hurt someone else. Great idea

  • weakened back Feb 28, 2013

    why do they have any priveleges?

  • Shadow213 Feb 28, 2013

    i don't see this story as "sympathetic" to inmates at all. i think that many people just have an assumption as to what a death row inmate is like on a day to day basis and obviously during the interview most people see that those assumptions aren't what they expected and that the mean, scary, bad inmate acts like a normal person most of the time. the cameras aren't trying to make the guy look "good," it's just that most of the time he's more like a normal human by appearances than most people might believe. Just think of all the people you come in contact with in your life that seem perfectly normal, but have done something just as horrible and HAVEN'T been caught. makes you a little more wary about what you say to people you don't really know at all. also-- i thought it was interesting that apparently the lowest crime rates in central are in the death row population.

  • Dollars-and-Sense Feb 28, 2013

    Is this a two-part series? Is David Crabtree going to interview the families of the victims?

  • astrog222 Feb 28, 2013

    The time these criminals sit on death row while the taxpayers pay for their upkeep is riduculous. They should be executed in six months or less.

  • Cary1983 Feb 28, 2013

    Sorry, no sympathy here. We need to limit the number of appeals to a reasonable number(2 or 3 tops) and once tried, convicted,appealed, etc then it is time to act. There is no way someone sentenced to death should be alive 10 yrs after the crime. Saying it is inhumane to execute via needle or electric chair is absurd. These are the people convicted of the most heinous crimes yet we are expected to worry about their treatment in jail? about their having to wonder if they are next?

  • jdman Feb 28, 2013

    TOOOOOOO bad for them ....are they feeling remorseful now??????

  • NC Tech Feb 28, 2013

    Considering a story like this it seems WRAL is attempting to invoke sympathy for the murderers. Just another prime example of liberal guided media working to guide public sentiment. Once again I must ask myself do they deserve another chance of my viewership? If I keep watching and reading the same program why should I expect different results?

    So many years on death row, revolving door prison systems, it there any wonder why crime is not going down?

  • NCHighlander Feb 28, 2013

    NC needs a fast-track system like Texas. mep

    No we need a much faster track. We haven't been keeping up with Texas.

  • working for deadbeats Feb 28, 2013

    Time to get the line moving here!

  • working for deadbeats Feb 28, 2013

    "Am I going to be next?" Hmm...I wonder if your victim thought the same thing.

  • Always160 Feb 28, 2013

    Before doing a "chat" or an interview please actually do some research. Daryl Hunt was NEVER on death row. This is the list of those removed,002240,002327,002330,002338

    Thanks for your bias reporting.

  • ConcernedNCC Feb 28, 2013

    When the date is a week away, they are moved to a death watch area
    ....Yeah, wouldn't want them committing suicide at that point.

  • Paul Parker Feb 28, 2013

    The problem is it takes too long to get to the Gallows. It's time to give them one appeal and that's it. Execution should be within a year.
    February 28, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    Yeah, tell that to the innocent people who have sat on death row for NUMEROUS YEARS before being exonerated! I guess we should have just gone ahead and killed them so that we could save some money; I mean, after all, whose life is really worth the money it cost to keep them in prison for all those years, right?

  • weasel2 Feb 28, 2013

    Guess they don't like having to set and think about their crimes. Do they think it was easy on their victims or victims family members???

  • lawncare5 Feb 28, 2013

    Doubt you will be next. You may be set free by the federal government like the illegals.

  • mep Feb 28, 2013

    NC needs a fast-track system like Texas.

  • Paul Parker Feb 28, 2013

    How come you won't let my last two posts go through, WRAL? What's the matter? Are the facts about innocent people sitting on death row for YEARS before finally being exonerated to inconvenient for you?

    ncouterbanks69, see above link. It proves you wrong!

    Damien, yes I do consider my position to be well thought out, and I base that on the FACT that it is better to let someone who is guilty, and who may or MAY NOT commit another crime, go free, than to execute an innocent person who HAS NOT COMMITTED A CRIME! I guess you just don't get the concept that to execute an innocent person is the same as MURDER!

  • babedan Feb 28, 2013

    The problem is it takes too long to get to the Gallows. It's time to give them one appeal and that's it. Execution should be within a year.

  • turdferguson Feb 28, 2013

    Looking for ways to save money in our fiscal crisis? Lets flush the backlog of death row inmates and get these murderers off the books.

  • mike275132 Feb 28, 2013

    Life on death row: 'Am I going to be next?'

    The Wages of Sin are Death , I read that somewhere

  • Sarge Feb 28, 2013

    Would they feel sorry for Adam Lanza?

  • Firedog201 Feb 28, 2013

    Life should be very short on death row. Max 1 year for appeals and get on with it.

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 28, 2013

    Life on death row is far better than life for the person murdered. I am sorry they decided to kill someone, but murder is not something you can fix with money or therapy. Their Maker will be the ultimate judge.

  • Offshore Feb 28, 2013

    Is this article suppose to make me feel sorry for these people. Not working, until the victims can get a "stay of execution" I will not feel sorry for the murderers on death row. They're there for a reason.

  • aspenstreet1717 Feb 28, 2013

    Resume the executions.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 28, 2013

    they need to eliminate everyone on death row so the process can be streamlined in the future.

  • jurydoc Feb 28, 2013

    "The problem is if you are sentenced to the death penalty then there is no doubt of your guilt. If there is any doubt at all judges will not hand out the death penalty."

    This statement is simply not true. Judges in NC are BOUND by the decision the jury makes in capital trials. And capital trials require sentencing by jury; a judge does NOT get to decide. And because juries do not get to hear all relevant evidence in all cases, sometimes prosecutors misbehave, sometimes juries get it wrong. Just ask Alan Gell.

  • jurydoc Feb 28, 2013

    Wow, did I read the same article that most everyone else did? I don't see ANYWHERE in this article that the writer is asking for pity or even empathy for these folks. I see a report of "what life is like" on death row. Even the inmate interviewed says he is treated better than he probably deserves. So, is the mere reporting of what life is like construed as an attempt to garner sympathy? I worked in the court system on death penalty cases for years. I met some defendants in whom I had a difficult time finding any redeeming qualities; others whom I never would have believed had committed murder if I'd met them under different circumstances. The stereotypes of who is a "first degree murderer" are just that -- stereotypes. In my experience there is something redeemable in almost everyone. And, ultimately, it is not MY job to decide who should or should not be allowed to continue to live. But, treating these inmates as "no better than they treated their victims" demeans us all.

  • peppercorns Feb 28, 2013

    Bring back the death penalty! I believe that if you stand at a crossroads in your life and you believe you will die for one of those might be more inclined to choose the other.

    We need harsher penalties and stricter sentences...this wishy washy stuff is not deterring crime enough. Just ask the folks of Henderson...or those victims of home invasions...

  • Damien Thorne Feb 28, 2013

    "Damien, I do not need to "re-think" my position, because it is a well considered position to begin with. If you execute an innocent person, then you have become no better than any other murderer."----Paul Parker

    So you would consider your position well thought out, even though a jury of 12 considered the evidence and found this person guilty? I would say your well thought out position is based on ignorance, and I base that on your position that allowing guilty people to go free and commit more crimes is better than allowing one innocent person to be executed.

    For the cost of one, you would allow the murder of many. Yet you think that is a good position.

  • werrewolfwoman Feb 28, 2013

    I'm really disappointed in WRAL; this is a very liberal stance, even fro them. I have a question to everyone who is sympathetic to the poor victims on death row, Would you embrace any of them if they had their sentences converted to life in prison with the possibility of parole, and got out to be your next door neighbor?

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