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Florida Execution Reignites Death Penalty Debate

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The Florida execution of a confessed murderer yesterday has again caused tempers to flare on both sides of the death penalty debate.

In fact, a last minute, last resort appeal was made on behalf of the confessed murderer, Juan Carlos Chavez, by his lawyers, but was unsuccessful.

The accused confessed to the 1995 rape, murder, and dismemberment of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce.

The young boy was kidnapped from his school bus and led at gunpoint to Chavez’s trailer. Chavez then raped the young boy and shot him when he tried to escape. Chavez panicked, and proceeded to cut the boy’s body into several small pieces and hid the pieces in cement planters. All this happened while his parents and search parties were combing the area in desperation to find Jimmy.

Some say that the death penalty is wrong, no exception. Others say that people like this deserve to die. They say that monsters like this should not even be given the slightest glimmer of hope that they will ever be free to hurt anyone again.

One person who believes the latter is Jimmy’s brother, Ted Ryce, who attended the execution of his brother’s killer, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

“Many people have asked why I decided to come today. I did not come today to celebrate Juan Carlos’s execution…. Many people did not believe that Juan Carlos Chavez should be put to death for his horrible crime of raping and murdering my brother Jimmy Ryce. I believe this comes from a place of weakness, not strength. It comes from not being able to face the atrociousness of some men’s actions and punish them on a level commensurate with their crime.”

He added, “But we must be strong. We must do what it takes to send a clear message to other child predators that if they go after children, if they kill children, that they will die at the executioner’s hands. Today will bring no closure for my family. As my father has stated, ‘Closure does not exist,’ but the justice served this day after a painful 19 years will end the chapter on this part of our life and now we look forward to moving on.”

What do you think about the death penalty for murderers like Juan Carlos Chavez? Do you think people who rape and murder children should be allowed to live, or should they be killed so that there is no chance of them ever being a danger to society again?

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  • jah6

    I am in favor of the death penalty, and wish it didn't take 20 years. At least Florida is still doing it unlike CA where we have over 700 on Death Row.

    • Ducky 111

      There is one bad boy sentenced to death 29 years ago on San Quentin's death row!

    • Beyond_The_Political_Spectrum

      …and I'm sure that after every execution, you will be able to sleep with your doors and windows open…

      • esantaclaus

        You betcha!

      • NotTelling My Realname

        So you're saying we should kill more?

      • Tom Tucker

        I have no problem sleeping with my doors and windows open at any time.

    • cranky_1970

      California should outsource its executions to Saudi Arabia and Iran.

      • toooldsmart

        soloero already has done that, to OUR children.

  • JC

    I have always heard & read about the do gooders who want prisoners to live off the tax payers until they die!!! Why? Don't we have enough debt now without supporting those on death row forever? I have never heard anyone volunteer to take any of the people on death row & bring them into their homes or neighborhoods. If this will solve some of the overlay of prisoners & all attempts are made to make for sure they are guilty, then let the death penalty be done. Closure should be allowed for all those who were murdered, mutilated.. Let justice be done once & for all…..

    • will36

      For those that argue that the Death Penalty is not a deterrent-I have incontroversial evidence that the executee will never repeat his/her crime again and is permanently deterred for any future crime. Now THAT'S a deterrent

      • Fred

        #1: If he spent the rest of his life in prison, he wouldn't be able to rape and murder any other small children, either.
        #2: The argument about the expense of keeping a prisoner alive for life is specious. While the actual numbers depend on the life span of the prisoner, in most cases it's far more cost effective to sentence somene to life without parole than it is to execute them.
        #3: There is absoultely no credible evidence to suggest that the existence of a death penalty in a state (or the actual implementation of executions) acts as a deterrent for anyone.
        While your arguments are very appealing on an emotional level, they don't actually agree with reality.

        • Todd

          Jail doesn't detour anyone, at least we aren't paying for them to eat three square meals per day, cause harm to prison guards, and eat up our tax dollars.
          Would you like kennel these killers in your home instead?

        • Erick

          The expenses for keeping a prisoner on death row are more attributable to the huge legal fees taxpayers and the government must pay for attorney fees that must be paid for the unending appeals that drag on for years. If a guilty person is executed within 30 days after having been found guilty then we wouldn't have these huge expenses. Secondly, it's a moot point as to whether the death penalty is a deterrent or not. For some people it would be and for others it wouldn't. If you take a human life, you pay with your own life. Taxpayers shouldn't be responsible for supporting someone for the rest of their life after they have taken someone else's life.

          • biglt

            The ever increasing exoneration of convicted "killers" – often decades after the fact – puts the lie to "swift justice." A civilized society should be making decisions based on it's own ethics, and not be driven to despicable acts by the actions of a few. There is no moral justification for the death penalty. The escapes from super-max prisions is virtually zero. That is an acceptable risk, as opposed to a supposed civilized people executing innocent people.

          • disqus_uJdb6Tuzcx

            perhaps innocent persons being executed would be less often if a moral crowd operated the judicial system instead of amoral lawyers, ever notice lawyer advertisements, if they are not suing insurance (auto) to intercept what would be the beneficiaries of funds , they are ripping off state indigent defenders fund in the auspices of effecting justice for the criminally in poored

          • Sandra

            Erick….you are spot on…….Fred is living is lala land….

          • disgruntled

            Executions 30 days after verdict would result in many more innocent people being executed. Would you still make that argument if you were the one who was wrongly convicted? Don't be naive enough to say it never happens.

          • Robert LeClair

            Let god sort out the scum. !!

          • Griffith Daniels

            Who should die when we execute an innocent person – you?

        • Big Bill

          Fred and those that think like him, you have been LIED to!!! Prisons are NOT perfect. Prisoners ESCAPE on an almost daily basis. 99+% of the expense to execute a murderer is in LEGAL FEES! Why do you think these leaches always make appeals WITHOUT the murderers permission? The ABSOLUTE EVIDENCE that the death penalty works is that:1) no executed pos has ever hurt another person 2) How many times have you heard of a pos saying "If you leave the death penalty on the table and take that life without parole thing off, I'll confess"?

        • fat_freddy

          Everyone who goes to prison does not stay in prison.

          http://www.wesleylowe.com/repoff.html

        • Michael Robinson

          #1 Unless he escapes, or some idiot releases him
          #2 The cost of a 45 caliber bullet is about $1.00 dollar. That is the cost of an execution. The added expense in the USA is from what we as a society define as "Due Process". Anything defined by man, can be redefined.
          #3 I don't care. Gravity does not exist to punish individuals who climb cliffs. It is ubiquitous to the world in which we live. Some will garner thrills from climbing rocks to see what they can get away with (Some of those will die), others will develop a fear of heights. either way gravity does not care.
          It is preposterous for a society that designed, built and implemented a weapon system like the TRIDENT SUBMARINE to even be debating the ethics of capital punishment. Under the right set of circumstances, we could end ALL life on the planet. We need to stop the inane chatter about the death penalty, and start implementing it. The time to do so is growing very short.

        • Matt

          @Fred the fees attributed with keeping death row inmates incarcerated are just about as much as it is to kill the prisoner but the cost is due to the many appeals and the method of lethal injection itself. It is the red tape that costs the most money. These people are not only criminals they are inhumane pigs that need to be disposed of. I, for one, do not need to waste my money on someone that has committed such an attrocious crime. They felt no sympathy toward the indivual they were harming so why should we, the people, feel any remorse or sympathy toward them? The prision system in America is already over-crowed and prisoners out number our guards as it is. How is it cost effective to build new facilities to hire new guards to support more criminals that are just going to sit in a cell and occupy space when one can put a bullet in their sick and disgusting heads and end it right there. There are alot of people that would not agree with an "inhumane" form of execution but how is that inhumane? It is for sure cost effective and one bullet to the head is quick and painless. And i am sure that there are alot of people that would step up and have no problem, knowing what these monsters have done, shooting the criminal. The only real problem with the it is that the courts need to be certain they are trying the correct individual. But in all honesty there are only a very small percentage of wronly convicted criminals that would fall in the death penalty catagory. Enough said lets rid the world of these disgusting disgrace to humanity pigs you call our fellow man.

        • jbob

          Of course people convicted of murder have killed others while in prison, or have escaped and then killed again. The death penalty does indeed prevent the people executed from again committing murder – as should be obvious.

        • rackman

          But Fred, what is the argument to keep a guy like this alive? Do we value the life of that poor little boy so little that we should keep this killer alive?

        • wireline

          News flash for Fred yes it does deter at least one person, from ever harming anyone ever again. And that is the person executed, he can never do any despicable acts against anyone else ever again. As far as the rest of them go it could deter them also, but the wheels of "real" justice grind ever so slowly. Think about it taxpayers fed this guy and housed him for 19 years before his final act. Way too long and most know they will be able to keep it in the courts for a long time in any event and sometimes manage something that may even save their miserable life. Which again for these kinds of crimes should never happen. Justice needs to be swift and sure, and in reality pubic executions may also be something to consider. Once upon a time it was done in the public square where all could see what happens to criminals who seek to harm others.

        • esantaclaus

          But it sure is a deterrent for the ones on death row!

        • Mel

          Many of those guilty of crimes that are eligible for the death penalty are terrified of it. They will plea bargain to avoid it, file appeal after appeal if sentenced, and apologizing saying they found God so please spare their lives. If it wasn't a deterrent then logically speaking these things wouldn't happen. If they are scared of it and try to avoid it- it's a deterrent. The only reason it isn't more effective as a deterrent is because of cases like this where someone can be given the death penalty and live for an additional 18+ years.

        • believes in death penalty

          And would you feel the same way if it were your brother. Or better yet why don't you volunteer to take the next person like this into your home, around your loved ones so that the poor soul won't have to be concerned about being executed.
          He died a less traumatic death than the child that he killed, wouldn't you agree…..????

        • k

          People get out of jail asshole….they don't get off the death table!!!!

        • toooldsmart

          Fred correct and murder is murder, no matter who is doing the murdering.

        • AnonymouseIsAWoman

          Fred:
          #1 – but he might rape and murder inmates, guards, prison staff, visitors, wardens, etc.
          #2 – Irrelevant.
          #3 – Irrelevant.
          Your arguments are completely irrelevant to the subject at hand, since they don't address the issue of punishment. There are some offenses so egregious that the only possible penalty is to deprive the offender of that which he showed such contempt – human life.

      • foolish reply

        Incontroversial is not a word…and it is supposedly a deterrent for other people, not the convicted murderer. It is not a deterrent at all, if it were people would not continue to kill. People kill because they are insane or make a poor decision under duress and nothing will deter that.

      • Kathie Eddleman

        I believe the word you want is "incontrovertible".

    • toooldsmart

      JCit is not about the money! It is about JUSTICE! Life in a prison is a lot worse than an easy death!

    • toooldsmart

      JCeven Your taxes probably don't even support you!

    • disqus_uJdb6Tuzcx

      and then, if when these criminals are in thier infancy of crime as jueviniles they would instead be incarcerated for life at that phase as dr wolf indicates we would spare not only the ill life of theperpetrator but also the victims paying dearly for a useless system

  • bjp

    The Bible's words "an eye for an eye" extends to a "life for a life". There can be little doubt that this person would, given another opportunity, do exactly the same thing he has already done. The only question in my mind is "Should we continue to subsidize this person's life in prison when he has been such a malignant force on society?". I think not.

    • jr

      an eye for an eye was an old testament law that was rescinded by Jesus when he spoke his sermon on the mount. Please know your bible before quoting it or hiding behind it

      • BB

        You are a Bible Blockhead!! Capital Punishment is Before the law, under the law and after the law in th3 Bible!!!

      • Vindicator

        Who gives a rat's asz about what the bible says? Common sense trumps the bible any day of the week! Let these vermin who have been convicted of capital crime hang! God bless!

      • derf

        bjb Actually, you do not understand the Bible yourself…before you start preaching on old and new testament law ..KNOW THIS Christ and his teachings in NO WAY CHANGED ONE JOT OR TITTLE OF THE LAW..That means not the sound or the meaning… brush up a little on your Greek and Hebrew BEFORE you open your keyboard

    • Griffith Daniels

      An "eye for an eye" makes us all blind – a quote by Jesus.

      • bjp

        U

        From Brian's iPad

  • Pete

    Best feel-good story of the day!

  • DeeDee

    The rapist-murderer did not care about his victim, a child, never thought twice. Execution should be immediate.

  • Yosemite Sam

    Anyone in their right mind knows that this POS deserved to die! I imagine the parents hear their child still screaming from this monsters' rape! If you know he did it. Terminate him! It's not about his rights! It's about exploiting the system ! In other words: Murderers and Lawyers walking hand in Hand! I was a patrolman for 15 years and I KNOW!

  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

    Juan Carlos Chavez can be seen via a search of, " Florida Inmate Locator".
    Bye, dirt bag……………..

  • Rosa

    Finally JUSTICE!!! although it took a long time and our money to keep this bastard alive. Should have been done after his confession. Anyway one less ass hole in the world. Chavez destroyed a beautiful family for ever very sad!!!

  • James Crooke

    I am a proponent of the death penaty. However, I do believe that now with the appeals process it has become to expensive and mistakes are made. It now cost close to 4 million to put 1 person to death. Why not send them to prison, and tell them they do not leave the prison until the day after their death if then. Your family has 1 day to claim your body, after that we'll cremate you and that heat will provide warmth to the rest of the prison. If you can go back 140 years and KNOW categorically they are the guilty party then give them a week to appeal and execute them 10 days later.

    • Keith A. Bryant

      Dead people don't escape prison and kill again.

      • what?

        Live people rarely do either.

        • Big Bill

          WRONGO!! Happens once or twice every decade that a murderer escapes or is paroled and goes back to kill again!

          • biglt

            And this makes it okay to execute innocents? Sicko.

          • wireline

            bigit: What innocents are you referring to? You mean like a little 9 year old boy who is raped and murdered then dismembered? I hope you can clarify

          • biglt

            Society had nothing to do with the actions of the slimy killer. I am referring to when society executes innocent people. THAT is something we can control. By outlawing the death penalty.

          • esantaclaus

            who said they were innocent. You're the yellow-bellied sicko coward!

          • biglt

            DNA tests, for one. The exoneration of "convicted" death row inmates proves that (some) are innocent. What makes me a coward? Standing up to bullies like you? Or by my relying on verifiable facts? Did you learn those names in third grade or fourth? You'll learn more next year.

          • esantaclaus

            For your information jerk, my Father was murdered when I was 14! Don't tell me about innocence. His killer confessed and live 16 years more than my Dad! And, yes you are a coward! Walk mile in my shoes! As far as education, I am retired and am a college graduate! I'm a bully for believing these dirtbags don't deserve to live? Go to Hell Arsehole, you are taking up too much oxygen!

          • biglt

            You have made it quite clear that you prefer that some innocents be executed, rather that have a guilty party live – even temporarily. I suggest you seek professional help with dealing with your (justifiable) anger. Name calling is not an effective salve for the wrong of losing your father. It is clear that the you have allowed your emotional shock to keep you from progressing into adult ways of dealing with anger.

  • DoofusAroofus

    There are some crimes so heinous that the death penalty is appropriate. It is appropriate justice not only for the victims but the victims families and society at large. Why should they be punished by placing the culprit into incarceration for life and costing us $80,000 a year or more to hold them? We are simply flogging ourselves instead of dealing with the monsters.

    • your facts are wrong

      It costs far more to execute them. The cost is a lame argument for the death penalty. try again.

      • Big Bill

        99% of the cost is in legal fees. If it weren't for the leaches, the cost would be less than keeping one of them locked up for a week!

        • Avatar910

          I think the word you want is leeches (the bloodsucking animal). "Leaches" would best refer to a sewerage pipe leach field's intended purpose..

          • disgruntled

            Actually, either form of the word probably fits.

        • biglt

          Being civilized means that even the scum get proper representation.

          • wireline

            that is right prove them guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, then don't prolong it or drag it out for years. Have the execution then we can cut our losses on feeding them and housing them at taxpayers expense

          • biglt

            Doesn't it bother you to find out that so many "confessions" were wrongly coerced? And then DNA incontrovertedly proves they were innocent? Where does "shadow of a doubt" fit into this reality. Ans: It doesn't. The system is broken, and killing inmates is not a solution, it is the problem.

  • james w

    The trouble with those who say Life without parole does not hold up to the real legal system. In News where in one texas a judge ruled life without parole was Cruel And unusual punishment and max penalty had to ne 25 to life. So after in a different case a judge ruled anyone who had finished 1/3 of a sentence was to be paroled as prison were overcrowed. This say's nothing of Governor's or President's givin a pardon. As been reported why some jury's will vote for death penalty are afraid person will get out some day

  • Michael

    Who the hell can have sympathy for someone who rapes and murders a 9 year old child? This guy was clearly guilty – he even led police to the dismembered body! I won't feel a moment of pity for this piece of garbage who is now where he belongs.

  • Penney Nile

    I am not particularly fond of the idea of taking the life of any human, but believe that if a person has REALLY been proven guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt, the appropriate sentence should be carried out. My biggest fear is that a person who is innocent may be convicted and executed; otherwise, I don't oppose the death penalty.

    • Avatar910

      The standard is "beyond a reasonable doubt – to a moral certainty". Mistakes can be made, the death penalty opponents fall into one of two general camps: (1) those who believe it is morally wrong, ever, to take life. I can understand (but not agree) with them; and (2) those who believe our system is so flawed that the chance of a wrongful conviction precludes the implementation of such a penalty. I believe these people have taken steps to increase the time frame of implementing the death penalty to the extent that it becomes irrelevant to deterrence (as a result of the temporal disconnect between the event and the punishment) and to increase the cost through multiple appeals and habeas petitions in both state and federal venues which create taxpayer funded lengthy incarcerations.
      Perhaps there should be a way out of this, but we have not been able to find one. I suspect that a tyrant could eliminate the latter which would substantially decrease the former, however that would alter the judicial system. How about this?
      Perhaps the number and type of crimes for which the death penalty can be invoked could be reduced and the evidence need to be more concrete (e.g. no reliance on eye witness testimony only). Where someone confesses, such as here, give them a trial if they plead not guilty, all the DNA and scientific evidence investigation they want and establish a battery of psychiatrists to evaluate their mental capacity. Once that is put into place, one appeal to the state supreme court only, and no federal intervention unless there has been a manifest injustice in the State system, with some constitutional guarantees under the Bill of Rights.
      Then if there is a reason to move into the federal system, an expedited proceeding with a panel of three district court judges appointed by the Judicial Panel on Multistate Litigation or a similar body established by the Federal Judicial Center for criminal proceedings. all issues raised at that one proceeding, combining a habeas and whatever issues should be raised in a direct appeal. If they affirm, the Supreme court gets the petition for cert and either hears the case or not. If SCOTUS denies cert, one application for clemency to the governor of the state (or the President if a federal crime).
      Once those are exhausted, an execution date is put into place within 7 days and the method of execution is determined by a random number generator (e.g. firing squad, hanging, lethal injection, gas chamber, or electric chair). I am not of the opinion that any of these are violations of the Eighth Amendment. No stays of execution are allowed or imposed.
      If we limit these sentences to those acts, such as this, which are especially heinous (e.g. multiple murders, murders of government officials, kidnapping and murder, etc.), we would reduce the volume and perhaps the delay between sentencing and fulfillment of the sentence which might have a deterrent factor. We can also televise them on cable and pipe the execution into every jail cell, prison, and juvenile facility nationwide with mandatory attendance (al a "A Clockwork Orange").

    • disgruntled

      amen

  • Lari

    These savages need to be put down right after their verdict.

  • Gene Smith

    I definitely think that the death penalty is appropriate in the majority of cases; especially murders such as this one committed by Juan Carlos Chavez. My disappointment in the matter is that the maggot got to live too long after the murder of that dear child by his hands.

    • Joyce

      Gene, you said it exactly the way I would have.

  • Yilka Mendoza

    This was too little too late. He confessed to the crime, the needle should have gone in the following day. I believe in the death penalty, I do not believe in feeding these scumbags until they exhaust ALL those last chances they seek. Who knows how many children had died at his hands. May hell be his resting place.

  • squabstew7

    Delays in death penalty average at least a decade is not necessary considering the costs 16 million per year to house these offenders – lower courts need to dispose of the appeals and curb the length of time until executions of justice.

  • larry

    I wonder about the logic of those who cry for the killer while carrying signs that say, "Execution is Murder", and the next week carry a sign saying. Abortion is a right".

    • MNLoonaTick

      I'm one of those few Democrats that actually believe in a strong death penalty, strong 2nd Amendment rights applied sensibly ( No felons or crazy/dope addicted people) AND abortion rights. ( I am not for using abortion as a method of birth control, though. We have many contraceptives that do the job. As far as 'It's a sin to allow abortion!', let God be the one to decide who goes to hell.)
      Certainly, allow the appeals process to work, because some people DO get exonerated. But after that, a quick trip to the death chamber. Waiting 10 or 20 years is a travesty of justice.

  • cc

    Too bad it took this long to kill this animal. He destroyed this family and innocent little boy. He deserved no sympathy.

  • LF

    I agree with Mr Ryce. There is no celebration of any kind. Yet, you take a life in a heinous crime you give your life. Nine year-old Jimmy Ryce was given no quarter, nor should his killer.

  • BoristheSpider

    Execute them by the same method of the crime. He should be rapped, preferably by a violent sex offender, and then shot. Or, save time and money, get a noose, and hang em out the window. Murder should not be rewarded by a life of free medical, food, education, room. You could argue that they are not free to do as they please. In reality, they are probably more free than us on the outside.

  • fred smith

    People who say the death penalty doesn't deter people from doing terrible crimes. I say that doesn't matter. The death penalty is a PUNISHMENT and if the crime warrants the final punishment I am in favor of it. I agree with Ted Ryce. People who object to the death penalty are weak.

  • Mike Panchon

    People should be allowed too murder each other !Drive unemployment go down !

  • Bigbore

    I wish Michigan lawmakers had the balls to implement the Death Penalty. If this were a perfect world there would be no need. However, there has to be atonement for their crimes and this should be the penalty for their heinous crimes. They can ask for forgiveness and it may be granted by those who wish, but the penalty needs to be there.

  • j_c2008@bellsouth.net

    Death by lethal injection was to good to him. Bring back "Old Sparky".

  • Jack Frost

    He got exactly what he deserved, but far far too late.

  • jon

    When you kill -rape and murder a child you should be put too death in the most horrendous way possible and make them scream in terrible pain until the end!!!All you good doers and lawyers can kiss our asses who want JUSTICE for all that have been through this! Do you think that child said that feels good Do it Again? F —off lawyers and do gooders let this happen in your family and see if you feel the same then!

  • DRE

    DEATH FROM THIS WICKED WORLD IS A GIFT ………WHY DO US HUMANS FEAR DEATH ITS ONLY TING HAT WAS EVER GAURANTED IN LIFE…ITS ALOT EASIER TO HATE PEOPLE THAN IT IS TO LOVE…HIM BEING PUT TO DEATH WONT BRING THEIR SON BACK ITS TWO SAD STORIES WE MUST FIND WAYS TO LOVE EVEN THE ONES THAT HURT US THE MOST THATS THE REASON WHY ITS THAT HARD TO DO

    • TruthBeTold

      uh…lay off the caffeine, bud.

  • 2eREP

    There are way too many instances of murderers who have been paroled or having their sentences shortened who have committed a second or third…..murder. If murderer's were executed after their first conviction then this would NEVER happen again. This alone is reason enough to execute these scumbag's.

  • stevlovtoply

    The country is broke. Drugs are too expensive. Hanging, firing squad, or the guillotine are green energy and less expensive.

    We need to empty every death row by March 1st and see how much money we can save for these liberal giveaway programs Obama wants. And no more long wait times, found guilty on Monday and its over on Tuesday afternoon.

    Attorney's make way too much money on these death cases and the food we waste then add the medical bills? Stupid.

  • T Michael

    Here is a solution that should make all sides happy, "Party Time".
    The sentence should be changed to a mandatory "Voluntary Suicide". Or to place the offender in a box with no light, no play time, no mail, no TV, no newsp0apers, no contact with another. All and any food or water or clothing or heating or cooling or ? to be paid for by the family of the offender. Life in prison not to be paid by the state nor with taxes collected from the family of the victim. The box would work best if it were the size and shape of a coffin, and to be used as such upon expiration of their miserable life

    • JOHN

      JOHN, CONCERNING EXECUTION STRICT JUSTICE TEACHES DEATH CHRISTIAN LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION TEACHES LIFE

  • Vindicator

    Can I be the first one to pisz on his grave?

  • Todd

    This bastard chopped up a little kid and hid the pieces in concrete planters. How does he deserve to stay alive on OUR tax dollars?? How does he deserve to stay alive and eat three square meals per day on OUR tax dollars.
    His ass should be raped with a 16" glass dildo and chopped up into pieces, not drugged.
    Just imagine how little Jimmy Ryce felt during all that?? Did ANYONE consider that???

  • Russell J Apgar

    Simple question, Don't the victims deserve Justice. I am sure that they would rather be among us and did not intend for their lives to be cut short by some deranged individual. Perhaps we should think of the victims here and not turn the killers into victims. It was a choice they made to kill, now the consequences of their choices are at hand. Why should they be given life when the violently cut short the life of another????? You can still forgive but still hold someone accountable for their actions.

  • Always Happy

    He deserved to die after what he did.

  • Jamal Inkpen

    What I don't understand is, Why did it take 18 years for this execution to take place??

  • Liberal

    I am sad about human beings. I am sad that Juan Carlos Chavez was executed. In fact I am sad that this pedophile raped and murdered an innocent child in 1995 and it took our legal system 29 years to execute him. They should have dosed the murderous pedophile SOB Juan Carlos Chavez with sodium pentathlon 28 years ago got a confession then incinerated him alive. That's why a real liberal like me is sad.

  • Amy Jones

    The lengthy appeals process is so that we do our best to not kill an innocent man, which, even with the lengthy appeals process we have done many times.

    Let me pose this question. There are people on here proposing we should kill them within 30 days of the initial conviction, some even advocating we should drag them out back of the court house and execute them. What happens when an innocent man or woman is killed, and it turns out they were innocent and this would have been discovered on appeal? Should those advocating the "Quick justice" solution then be convicted of the murdered innocent, and thus sent to death? Should they then get an appeal?

  • tostevinUSC

    California just executed an inmate. He was convicted in 1986 but was awaiting another trial based on DNA evidence he had killed a woman in 1981. While waiting for the trial to begin he died of old age. This slow form of execution is surely destined to be found cruel and unusual- thus outlawed and soon our backwards society will be forced to keep death row inmates alive by any means possible.

  • toooldsmart

    I think Life in prison would have been worse. THAT is what he deserved, death is too easy for the likes of him.

    • Donna Schott

      You have NO clue. #1 He liked boys. #2 He was in with all guys in the shower. #3 You can support the asshole who killed little boys. I am tired of my tax dollars supporting him. And all the rest of the death row inmates.

      • toooldsmart

        Yes I am the one who has a clue, not YOU. They don't live long there in population. Life in Prison is no walk in the park for a child molester! If their crime is known by other prisoners, they would much rather have the death penaltly.

  • edward

    Why in the hell did it take 19 years to xecute this bastard?

  • Kill the Killers Feed Homeless

    As always, those who don't want the death penalty have not experienced the death of their own parent or child. As always, those who don't want to the death penalty don't seem to understand that a lot of murderers live better lives in prison than homeless people who simply lost their job.

  • Norv

    Hell just got another member, one less piece of crap alive, I am good with it

  • Alicia

    The point here is its 18 years later. Executions for dangerous minds should take place immediately. The guy was sick. He really didnt deserve to live on the system for 18 years. Thats not much of a deterrent. He lived another full 20 years of 3 meals a day plus a prison c@@kie. The child he pulverized liked c@@kies too but didnt enjoy 20 additional years of that enjoyment. I hope hes not reincarnated like so many monsters are. Galatians 5:22

  • Take out the Trash

    Execution prevents a repeat customer of our prison system. Need to find a way to speed up the process though especially on these clear cut cases – should have been taken out of the courtroom and executed immediately.

  • mose

    The death this mas was privileged doesn't hold a candle to what he did to that little boy. I would offer to pay more tax if i knew it was going to go toward truly giving the justice he deserved.

  • zer0nonsense

    Okay so they executed him. But killing Chavez isn't going to bring Ryce back. It seems more like tit-for-tat than justice. If someone killed me, I wouldn't want them to be executed; I would want them to get help. Isn't it called a "correctional" facility because it's supposed to help people become better members of society? To me, there is no justice without forgiveness.

    • Edmond

      You should research how many repeat offenders go back to jail

    • Kitty Mitchell

      You can't rehabilitate a monster that has no conscience. The idea that prison is "correctional" is laughable.

  • Ed

    I am in favor of the death penalty and agree with jah6 it shouldn't take 20 years

  • Edmond

    I think "WE" should also execute any drug dealers caught with an amount of drugs over a certain amount deemed for "personal use".
    PS: glad the basters is dead the only sad pat Is he lived longer than his victim did!!!

  • schr8er

    Let them scum DIE… he confessed… he did it… they found what was left of that poor boy and his family had to go through all that anguish knowing what happened to him… I do NOT feel that providing 3 hots and a cot for the rest of his life does ANYTHING to prevent things like this.. the only solution to an 'infection" it to get rid of it…. permanently…..