Are we a civilized nation or do we still live in the Dark Ages? I am referring to Judge Thomas Tucker’s verdict on Tuesday, Aug. 7 when he sentenced Rodney Adkins to death. Just because a law is on the books is no reason for using it, and in this case, as bad as the murder was, Rodney should have been given the sentence of life without parole. That would have kept him in prison for the rest of his life and would have protected the public from ever having to deal with him again. A death sentence only repeats the violence of the original act of violence.
“Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.”
–Robert Kennedy in 1968
We, in Illinois, are certainly degraded today by this sentence.