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  1. Bob
    July 16, 2015


    “Prosecutors charged Geyser with one count of intentional first-degree homicide.”

    I seem to remember from law school that someone has to die for it to be homicide. Otherwise, it would be “attempted” homicide.


  2. Katie
    July 18, 2015

    There’s a significant difference between adults and children who kill/try to kill: Children have a MUCH greater potential for rehabilitation (and a correspondingly low rate of recidividism). Child murderesses are exceedingly rare and, according to research, can be rehabilitated.

    The brains of kids are fundamentally different than the brains of adults. Even the Supreme Court has recognized that. Morgan Geyser deserves treatment and a shot at rehabilitation. The juvenile justice system has mechanisms for keeping tabs on her/keeping her in custody until she’s 23 — plenty long enough to see if she’s rehabilitated!

    Full disclosure: The death penalty is barbaric, in my opinion, and should be abolished. Period. At a bare minimum, if we are going to be a barbaric nation and kill people, at a bare minimum, children and the mentally ill should be exempt from it.


  3. Laura Holloway
    July 29, 2015

    The age does really matter to me: both people are clearly a danger to society and neither should ever be free again. But Mercy? Yes on both counts. They should both be kept safe and comfortble and given care. A civil society does not punish people for being ill, even when that illness has horrifying consequences. They should be lock away from society because we have that responsibility: the responsibility to protect members of society from dangerous people. But Holmes and Geyser are also members of society, and we also have a responsibility to them. They are unwell, violent, possibly remorseless killers (or, in the case of Geyser, would-be killers), and they should not be let loose among us. Ever. But we can – and should – do that compassionately.

    Also, like Katie, I am also vehemently opposed to the death penalty in general and specifically with regard to children and the mentally ill.


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