If only justice were meted out this quickly in this country...
The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on sectarian violence after the deposed dictator was sentenced to death.
"I don't think it will drag on beyond January of next year," said MP Haider al-Abadi, who is a confidant to the Iraqi Prime Minister.
With our endless appeals system, convicted death-row prisoners sit for an average of like 15 years before being finally executed. All death-row prisoners are in solitary confinement. The cost of maintaining one prisoner per cell is in the neighborhood of 50 thousand dollars a year. How much money would be saved if we executed guys in 6 months? And how much more of a deterrent would capital punishment be if guys knew they would swing six months after committing the crime?