Thursday, January 11, 2007

Around the Blogs, Thursday, January 11, 2007

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy has a provocative post up on a death penalty case in which the victim's family wants clemency for the killer. He raises exactly the right questions. We tend to lump all victims together in the "vengeance" group, and there are many who fit that. But not all, and we make a mistake in thinking that victims are always for the "tough" approaches we pass. As one of the very much more fortunate victims of Timothy McVeigh, I was part of the anti-death penalty part of the OKC bombing victims, a large portion of all of us, although the DA here (called by the Chicago Tribune the worst DA in America) kept claiming he wanted to go after McVeigh just to help the victims. (I've made clear that I had worse punishments in mind for McVeigh than death.) Doug asks, since there was another victim with a family as well, if one family wants the death penalty but the other doesn't, which gets priority? The DA in this case seems to be one of the good ones. I hope his example is a sign of more to come. . . . Prevention Works has a good piece on hijacking of home computers and the difficulties of preventing cybercrime that you may find personally valuable. . . . Finally, I've been tagged by Grits for Breakfast with one of those "Five Things You Probably Didn't Know about Me" things. I'll spare you it now, but, since the weatherpeople are all saying we're about to get iced in again over the holiday weekend, I'll warn you now. You can decide if it will make your life complete before I spring them on you. Take your time and think carefully, very carefully. (In the meantime, go read Grits' and don't expect mine to be as good.)

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