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Appeals court upholds 'Black Widow' death sentence

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Why? she deserves the death penalty, what is wrong with our system??

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Kenji - nothing is wrong. Her death penalty was upheld, meaning the higher court agrees with the conclusions of the lower one. Btw, every death penalty gets a default appeal, as far as I know. She'll swing soon enough.

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Nice nice. She's used up all her appeals. Hang her high. Prefereably soon

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The judge rejected defense arguments that she was not criminally liable because she was suffering from dementia.

I'd reject that claim too. If one has dementia they don't know what they are doing. They do not plot to kill somebody.

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Her lawyers appeal was based on her having dementia now, not at the times of her murders, and so she shouldn't be executed in the same as someone going insane before their execution.

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I'd always imagine that being locked up for one's natural life would be a harsher punishment than the death penalty.

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she reportedly stipulated that prospective partners should be wealthy and childless.

Can't get any more red flags than this! Who would even consider meeting such a woman?

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I'd always imagine that being locked up for one's natural life would be a harsher punishment than the death penalty.

In Japan, it is considered crueler because you don't know when you will be executed. You are not given a date in advance. It is random. You won't know until the day of the execution. It can be a few months from now, years from now, or decades from now. So each day could be your last!

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You are not given a date in advance. It is random. You won't know until the day of the execution. It can be a few months from now, years from now, or decades from now. So each day could be your last!

That's true for all of us.

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When’s the last time a woman was executed in Japan? She will die in prison.

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Given her age and gender the government probably plans to let her die quietly on death row. Not much political capital to be wrung from executing an old lady with dementia.

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That's true for all of us.

I was wondering when someone was going to say it.

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That's true for all of us.

Yeah, but it sounds like there is no transparency in the process, so people don't know who decides, how, or who delivers the punishment. Anything you do in prison could potential cause for you to die that day. You accidentally piss of the wrong guard, or the decision maker is having a bad day with you in their sights. We already know bullying takes places in many areas of Japanese society, so it is not unreasonable to believe that it happens in the prison system on both sides of the cell. Also, most executions are not publicized unless it is someone famous.

It seems like WWII rules of dealing prisoners.

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@cla68, last woman was executed just three years ago. Convicted of a similar offense, killing two husbands for money.

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Only five women have been executed in Japan since the end of WWll.

Seven are on death row.

The last execution of a woman was on March 25, 2016.

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Excessive delay in finalizing punishment does not create much of a deterrent to other evil doers.

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The longest serving death row inmate was about 42 years before bing released because of doubts over his conviction.

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Hang in there lady. You’ll get your turn soon.

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