There is a reason even some libertarians support the death penalty, albeit in highly restricted cases. That's because of situations just like this — a brutal and thoroughly unjustifiable murder (some murders are justifiable), a family torn apart and a more-likely-than-not prison-hardened killer being released decades after his heinous acts ("Featherstone freed after 35 years for Trimakas killing," July 23).
Want to bet it wasn't the first assault he committed? Of course, the release long after some of the traumatized ones left behind have died becomes easier over time, no? Well, maybe for the authorities. Not so much for the family and friends who have to witness this.
By the way, Dan Rodricks, he showed no reactions nor emotions to the sister's testimony precisely because he has none. Any sliver of a heart he may have once possessed has been bleached out after his long taxpayer-supported stay in jail. I wonder where he'll live now. Oh wait, I have an idea...
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