Changing my mind on capital punishment

The State of Arkansas is executing two convicted criminals tonight. One has been executed already. A second will be executed shortly, absent further judicial intervention. I know nothing of these men. I don’t have any opinion as to their guilt or innocence of the crimes for which they were convicted. Because they were convicted, I will assume they are guilty, though I know that assumption may not be warranted. The matter of capital punishment has been on my mind a great deal over the last week, principally because I started…

Deterrence, Revenge, and the Death Penalty: Rep. Paul Ray Proposes Executing Sex Traffickers

Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, Utah recently announced that he wanted to apply the death penalty to child sex traffickers. As a father of girls, let me be among the first to say: sex traffickers deserve a special place in the Hell, and I want to do all I can to help them to that dark dungeon expeditiously. The death penalty actually sounds like pretty mild a treatment for sex traffickers and child rapists. I posit that there are few who would disagree. And yet, I am hesitant to ride roughshod over the nation’s…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: A Conversation with Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Welcome to Episode 11.1 – Mark L. Shurtleff, Principal of the Shurtleff Group and former Utah Attorney General joins us to talk about a myriad of topics. Including Utah’s co-habitation laws being struck down, and then Amendment 3 (Which he was originally against) receiving the same fate three weeks later. We also hit on topics like medical marijuana, the death-blow to the BCS system, Adoption reform, and Intellectual Property lawsuits that result in patent trolls making tons of money for doing nothing. In this episode We talk about: Amendment Three…