Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tookie Williams' death and net 14 lives saved

California put Stanley "Tookie" Williams to death earlier today. Williams is the four-time murderer whose bloodstains have seeped throughout East LA and Southern California because he founded The Crips -- the notorious SoCal gang. Gov. Schwarzenegger denied clemency last night (scroll down to my post below for the clemency denial order), and naturally was ripped by the mindless European elites earlier today (note that Europeans themselves in most countries would allow the death penalty if they had the opportunity to vote on it).

But the most interesting concept that The Monk stumbled upon is the finding by LIBERAL law professor Cass Sunstein, who co-authored the study linked in the title of this post (PDF format). One of Sunstein's findings: each execution of a murderer DETERS EIGHTEEN OTHER MURDERS. In other words, USE of the death penalty potentially prevents about 18 killings! And Sunstein labeled his estimate "conservative".

The result? Tookie Williams' death directly results in a net saving of 14 lives (18 - 4). Unfortunately, that pidgin math cannot quantify the thousands of deaths that he, his Crips, their rivals The Bloods and LA gang wars have caused in the past 26 years.

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