Jeanelle Tampol
Jeanelle Tampol thanked Walt O'Reagun's answer

ONLY the victim can decide mercy "overrides" justice.

In the case of murder, the victim's family still has no say in deciding to "show mercy" rather than justice.  If the criminal wants mercy in that instance, they better find a way to bring the victim back from the dead.

Jeanelle Tampol
Jeanelle Tampol thanked Phil Mayfield's answer

Mercy, like punishment, has nothing to do with justice. Justice is really about protecting the people, the victims. Punishment, and its absence mercy, does not do this. The prison system is simply a place to put the criminals to keep them away from us. There is not supposed to be any punishment or mercy in … Read more