Death Peanlty double standard, By Scottie D. Allen #B01314
Florida has two phases in sentencing someone to death. The first phase is called the "GUILT" phase. If the defendant is found guilty, the proceedings move forward to the "PENALTY" phase. In this phase aggrivators and mitigators are presented for the jury to find to exist or not. Here, I want to discuss these aggrivators and how their used to murder male and female inmates in this so called great state.
The most commonly used "AGGRIVATORS" presented are (HAC) standing for Heinous Atrocious and Cruel, and (CCP) Cold Calculated and Premeditated.
Its not hard at all for HAC to be proven. If the victim has ANY inclination that they are going to die HAC is present. If the victim experiences ANY pain be it physical, emotional, or mental HAC is present. In the vast majority of any type of murder HAC is present. This is not so with CCP. CCP is harder to find and harder to prove, but it only takes a matter of SECONDS for it to be found and provable. If there is the SLIGHTEST thought of "I'm gonna kill you" or any variation of such a thought OR action, CCP is present.
Now that the backdrop is given I'd like for a moment, to present the following glaringly obvious double standard perpetuated by those that feel entitled to sentence so many men and women to death "WITH THE FULL INTENT" of that man or woman being executed (MURDERED).
Here, I won't dwell on the time spent on death row wondering IF you will end up being murdered by the state. My focus for this purpose is once the warrant for death is signed. At that point the state has announced their "INTENT" to murder you. At that moment the man or woman is made "AWARE" of their impending death. They know that in thirty days at 6pm they will be strapped to a table, multiple needles stuck into thier bodies, injected with poison, and MURDERED!!
So, the state murders men and women with the same aggrivators present in their committing of murder as the person that got sentenced to death because those aggrivators were found in their case.
So I ask, how is this justifiable? My answer, its not! Its simply a double standard....
ByScottie D. Allen #B01314
Union Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000Raiford,