State senators are considering a proposal that would allow South Carolina to execute those convicted two or more times of sexually assaulting children.

The amendment came as the Senate took up sexual offender legislation crafted in response to a Florida girl kidnapped and killed last year and a week after a Hartsville man was charged with abducting two girls to an underground shelter and assaulting them.

Currently, South Carolina prosecutors can only seek the death penalty for murder with aggravating circumstances. If the proposed amendment by Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson passes, South Carolina would join Louisiana as the only other state to allow the death penalty for an offense other than murder, senators said.

'They may never recover from this,' Bryant said Wednesday of children who are assaulted. 'I say that's just as bad as taking a life.'

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Do you agree with the new proposed law stating that repeat child sex offenders should face the death penalty?
State senators are considering a proposal that would allow South Carolina to execute those convicted two or more times of sexually assaulting children.

The amendment came as the Senate took up sexual offender legislation crafted in response to a Florida girl kidnapped and killed last year and a week after a Hartsville man was charged with abducting two girls to an underground shelter and assaulting them.

Currently, South Carolina prosecutors can only seek the death penalty for murder with aggravating circumstances. If the proposed amendment by Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson passes, South Carolina would join Louisiana as the only other state to allow the death penalty for an offense other than murder, senators said.

`They may never recover from this,` Bryant said Wednesday of children who are assaulted. `I say that`s just as bad as taking a life.`

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15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 3:40:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
The fact that the justice system is far from perfect is why I don't support the death penalty.

Life imprisonment without possibility of parole seems appropriate enough. As I said before, killing the molester isn't going to prevent the nightmares or heal the scarring that the victim suffers from...

15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 3:45:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it won't prevent the nightmares or heal the scarring of the victim, but it will make them feel at least a little better knowing they don't have to look over their shoulder, afraid they'll see that person again. Killing the attacker is a form of healing and every form of healing should be available to them.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 3:53:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it would make the kids feel any better--especially for younger kids.

Life without parole would have the same result--the person would be off the streets forever...

15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 3:56:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
True, but why should taxpayers have to pay for a convicted pedophile's meals, bed, and cable? If they were tortured constantly then, sure, I'd have no argument for life without parole. I'd feel like my tax dollars were doing something useful instead of keeping a sorry piece of trash alive and relatively comfortable.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:01:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Paying for their meals, bed and cable is a lot cheaper than the lawyer fees paid out during all the appeals processes...
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:02:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
True, but then I feel my money is going to something worthy... their death.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:07:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 4:02:33 PM harlotoscara wrote:
True, but then I feel my money is going to something worthy... their death.

Unless of course our 'trustworthy' justice system has wrongly convicted that person...
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:10:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
As a general rule, nowadays you're not going to get a life without parole sentence if there isn't concrete DNA evidence involved. Moving right along, if concrete DNA evidence is involved then you have the right person.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:13:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 4:10:10 PM harlotoscara wrote:
As a general rule, nowadays you're not going to get a life without parole sentence if there isn't concrete DNA evidence involved. Moving right along, if concrete DNA evidence is involved then you have the right person.

Not really. There are lots of people on death row that have not been convicted because of DNA evidence.

DNA evidence is still relatively uncommon because of the time and expense involved.

15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:40:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 3:53:07 PM CowDung wrote:
I doubt it would make the kids feel any better--especially for younger kids. Life without parole would have the same result--the person would be off the streets forever...

i see the guy who did this to me once a month when i pay my car insurance. i still have nightmares, even after 13 years. whats worse is that he doesnt even realize who i am. i was only 5. i still remember his badge number, and what he looked like that day, and everything that happened.

i didnt know there was a statue of limitations (6 years). i came out about it when i was 12.

15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:42:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 4:07:13 PM CowDung wrote:
On 10/19/2006 4:02:33 PM harlotoscara wrote: True, but then I feel my money is going to something worthy... their death. Unless of course our 'trustworthy' justice system has wrongly convicted that person...

only about 1/680,000 people in prison have been wrongly accused of a serious crime.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 4:43:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 4:42:11 PM higgie2006 wrote:
On 10/19/2006 4:07:13 PM CowDung wrote: On 10/19/2006 4:02:33 PM harlotoscara wrote: True, but then I feel my money is going to something worthy... their death. Unless of course our 'trustworthy' justice system has wrongly convicted that person... only about 1/680,000 people in prison have been wrongly accused of a serious crime.

It sure would suck if you were that 1 person and you had a date with the electric chair...
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 5:08:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 3:29:46 PM harlotoscara wrote:
Anyone who molests or rapes a child is sick.

so lets say your a doctor. and a guy comes to you and you diagnose him with and illness, be it the flu, aids or cancer, ie theyre sick. is the medication you prescrible is death? how would that cure anything. they have an illness in the mind and should be given treatment and kept away from society.
On 10/19/2006 3:29:46 PM harlotoscara wrote:
I say death penalty and make it a public execution; I'd watch, popcorn in hand.

and ur not sick or perverse???
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 5:23:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I never said I wasn't sick and perverse... but there's a difference between enjoying the discomfort/torture of a convicted pedophile and molesting a child, causing unknown horrors for the rest of their life.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 5:27:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
so r u sick and perverse or not? theyre both causing pain and violation of humans.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 5:31:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Life with boredom is about the worst punishment I can think of.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 5:33:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah sitting in a blank and dark cell. no light. meagre food. no sounds. you'd go insane. good punishment.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 10/19/06 - 7:53:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it wasn't for the fact that I oppose the death penalty wherever it raises its ugly head, I would think many of the posters in this thread ought to be put to sleep. That would give them a taste of their own medicine.
15 yrs ago - Friday 10/20/06 - 7:10:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
No way. YOu really cant compare the two. The only crime that deserves the death penalty is murder. It is the ultimate crime - the victim will NEVER do anything ever again. No other crime even comes close to deserving the death penalty (unless its related to murder, like terrorism, where someone tries to kill others).
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 11/18/06 - 7:19:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe not, but make them do some serious time in prison.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 11/18/06 - 7:24:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/19/2006 1:41:39 PM sikuvu wrote:
Just curious, so nobody blow a gasket... For those of you who are against the death penalty, would you feel the same if it was your child, niece, nephew? I tend to agree with you, but I'm not sure I could be that strong if it was my kid...

*I* was raped as a child - the sitter's nephew when I was 8 and 9.

I want him away from other children, but I don't want him dead.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 11/18/06 - 7:28:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/4/2006 11:43:38 AM cryndigo wrote:
I say kill them the *first* time they do it. Then they don't get the opportunity to do it again.

On 4/5/2006 8:39:41 AM brett_weir wrote:
I contend that they be locked up for life the FIRST time they molest, therefore, there would be no repeat offenders.

You do this, and you'll never get any convictions. Thus, there will be more rapists on the streets, not fewer.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 11/18/06 - 7:40:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Let the person rot in jail!
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 7:56:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Kurgan thinks they should be castrated (with an axe on the chopping block) first, then left to die.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 8:22:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes i do agree with the descicion but its tragic what these people do its not good at all

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