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Transcript of DEATH PENALTY
"I support the death penalty because I believe, if administered swiftly and justly, capital punishment is a deterrent against future violence and will save other innocent lives"-George W. Bush
Wrongly gives government the power to take human life
Unfair and Unjust (gender and racial bias)
Inadequate legal representation (lawyers reprimanded, placed on probation, suspended or banned from practicing law)
Innocent people are too often sentenced to death (Clarence Brandley)
Death penalty violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection
Death penalty is not a viable form of crime control
Inhumane (mentally ill people)
High cost of the death penalty
Can prolong suffering for victims' families
Capital punishment is cruel and unusual
Sends the wrong message (Why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong?)
"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement."
Retribution to Homicide
"Deserved punishment protects society morally by restoring this just order, making the wrongdoer pay a price equivalent to the harm he has done"-J. Budziszewski
Justice for families who suffered:
John Wayne Gacy
Deterrence to Homicide
"People fear nothing more than death. Therefore, nothing will deter a criminal more than the fear of death... life in prison is less feared"-Ernest Van Den Haag
Expensive front up cost of death penalty, but over time equivalent LWOP Cases are much more expensive.
"Texas is the biggest state for executions-with 474 since 1976."
Should the death penalty be legalized or should it be abolished?
"An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation."
-Coretta Scott King
"Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel."
-Judge Sturgess on the U.S. Justice Syste
1.) Do you think the death penalty is a fair punishment?
2.) Should the death penalty be abolished in Texas?
3.) Do you think lethal injection is better than the electric chair?
4.) Do you think we can save more money by putting someone on the death penalty?
5.) Do you support the death penalty for crimes other than intentional murder?