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The Lockerbie Bomber

Prison compassion – justice or folly?


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Published: May 28, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 17

(14) Anonymous, June 4, 2012 7:40 PM

Truth be told, this Lockerbie bomber should have been sentenced to death at the time of his trial. Then the issue of having compassion for him while he was imprisoned would have never arisen.

(13) Sanford J. Goodman, June 4, 2012 2:36 AM

Mercy for a murder and synonymous with injustice

There are 19 crimes where the Torah requires execution at the hand of the courts but the death penalty is not limited to those offenses because the Torah gives us the option and mitzvah of extending capital punishment to additional crimes over and beyond what is required. For crimes that are between man and God we cannot implement the death penalty unless we have 3 conditions—giloy panim, Beis Ha Mikdosh standing and functioning, and the Sanhedrin ruling on religious matters. BUT when it comes to crimes between man and man the death penalty applies at all times and in all societies whether these three conditions are present or not. In addition, all societies have the legal right to extend capital punishment to additional crimes between man and man, and on a temporary basis can relax rules of evidence and trial procedures if social order is breaking down. The reasons for all of these exceptions are to compensate victims and punish criminals, protect public safety, and to remove evil from among us. In addition, the prohibition of murder the requirements of implementing criminal justice are incumbent in ALL societies because they are part of the 7 Noachide laws given in the Torah. By rights, the Lockerbie Bomber should have been executed in Scotland. However, if capital punishment did not exist then he should have locked up for life. To let a murder go, even if he is terminally ill, adds insult to injury to the victims and their survivors. While it’s true that the Bomber died anyway, the British criminal justice system did a grave injustice to the victims and their survivors. Sanford J. (Sandy) & Chana Goodman Dallas Texas

(12) Anonymous, June 3, 2012 1:43 AM

my friend

all I know is my best friend died by being blown out of the sky at 31,000 feet, while the terrorist not only dies in the LOVING arms of his family, but really* 8 * years? there is no justice, I MISS MY FRIEND!!

(11) Moshe Samuel, June 1, 2012 10:36 PM

Some prisoners do deserve compassion

While you are undoubtedly correct that the Lockerbie bomber didn't deserve compassion, what about Jonathon Pollard?

(10) Anonymous, May 31, 2012 5:00 PM

Compassion has nothing to do with it!

Who knows for sure what the reasoning was behind the release of the mass murderer. I do, however, think that compassion had nothing to do with it: I think it had more to do with the cost of treatment of the cancer the person contracted,and the chance of bad publicity in the arab world by some propaganda minded people who might charge that the Scottish government did not provide the "proper" care, and thus the murderer's punishment would not have been humane. So I think fear and money was the motivating factor instead of compassion, but compassion was easier to admit to.

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