Do you feel Mark Chapman has paid his dues and should be freed? He was recently denied parole for the 7th time for the 2nd degree murder of John Lennon in 1980 and sentenced 20 years to life.

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Do you feel Mark Chapman has paid his dues and should be freed? He was recently denied parole for the 7th time for the 2nd degree murder of John Lennon in 1980 and sentenced 20 years to life.

Do you feel Mark Chapman has paid his dues and should be freed? He was recently denied parole for the 7th time for the 2nd degree murder of John Lennon in 1980 and sentenced 20 years to life.

  • Start date:Aug 25, 2012
  • End date:Aug 26, 2012
  • Voters: 646 times
  • Yes
    16.3%
  • No
    80.3%
  • I'm not familiar with the issue
    3.4%

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  • Discussion 8 : 26 Aug 2012 at 23.088

    Any murderer, regardless of the circumstances, lacks the basic ethical imperitive to protect human life over their own needs. Such a person will always be a danger to society becuse who knows when they will agin feel "justified" in taking a life?
    That Chapman deprived so many millions of an artist who had brought happiness to them is also tragic, but even if he killed a homeless person or a family member, he should never be released.

  • Discussion 7 : 26 Aug 2012 at 09.597

    D3: Well said, as only someone who has never lost a loved one to murder could say.

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    Discussion 6 : 26 Aug 2012 at 07.336

    He is not in prison just to "pay his dues," he's there because he was and likely still is a danger to society. Chapman stalked and killed a man for whom he had no reason for animosity, a crime that was so senseless that the mental illness or defect which caused it will likely never be cured.

  • Discussion 5 : 25 Aug 2012 at 15.275

    Sure a murderer should be severely punished. But I guess the big question is how much is enough punishment. In some countries a “life in jail” sentence means maximum 15 years, in this case the guy is already since 30 years in jail. Is that enough punishment? Is he still a danger if he is released from jail? I don’t know. People make mistakes in their lives, some people make major mistakes. I think 30 years of jail is a major punishment already and if the guy is behaving now and he is no more a risk to the world like anybody else release him. Maybe he will spend the rest of his live to try to do something good.

  • Discussion 4 : 25 Aug 2012 at 13.424

    Disc 3, Just so that it is clear - You are saying is that it is OK to intentionally take someones life and walk away if you realize it was wrong and you are no longer a threat to others.

    I strongly disagree with your position.

  • Discussion 3 : 25 Aug 2012 at 09.253

    The primary aim of imprisonment is reform of the prisoner. Retribution, the payment of dues, is secondary. The question of release must depend on whether reform has been achieved and whether the prisoner is no longer a danger to others.
    The phrasing of this poll is wrong; release, while it is dependent on some measure of appropriate punishment, is not decided by a payment of dues.

  • Discussion 2 : 25 Aug 2012 at 07.472

    It is my belief (regardless of country or culture): That if you intentionally take someone's life and freedom that you should forfeit your own & If you accidentally take someone's life that there is a measure of repayment that you must make. The only exceptions to this is for military personnel engaged in battle.

    That said, MDC intentionally took John's life and therefore he should never see sunlight again....

  • genii

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    Discussion 1 : 25 Aug 2012 at 06.461

    How can you repay the dues owed for a human life.

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