I am 100% for the Death Penalty. A very, very close family friend of ours was murdered 3 years ago. The man who killed him readily admitted to it, he showed no remorse whatsoever, and to make matters worse, even though he admitted to kicking our friend so hard in the head that he was unrecognisable, the jury still let him get away with pleading self defense. This was a man who attacked a stranger in the middle of the day, out in the open, where there were numerous eyewitnesses who attested to the fact that IT WAS NOT self defense. This is a man who was on parole for attempted murder when he killed our friend. And now, because of our crap justice system, the family of this young man who was killed will have no closure, because the man who took away their only child will be able to walk free. Since the jury at his trial was not allowed to hear the evidence about the killer being on parole at the time of the killing, or several of the eyewitnesses, they (the jury) let this cold blooded killer get away on a self-defense plea. This man took the life of a wonderful, loving, young man who had become engaged the week before his death. This young man's entire family has been destroyed by this event. Since we live in Canada, where the death penalty has been abolished, the death penalty would not have been an option in any case, but it would still have brought this murderer to justice, and given closure to a family that lost it's only son. I speak on behalf of my family and the family of this young man when I say that we would have wanted to see this man hang for what he did. But we will not get justice. An eye for an eye may leave the world blind, but at least we aren't judging on appearences any more.