My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I'm killing somebody. The death penalty is ineffective as a deterrent, and the appeals process is expensive and cruel to the surviving family members. If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.
Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again.
I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate. I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us.
The death penalty, I think, is a terrible scar on American justice, especially the concept of equal justice under law, but also of due process. I was personally opposed to the death penalty, and yet I think I have probably asked for the death penalty more than most people in the United States.
Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him.
There's a War Crimes Act in the United States passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, which says that grave breaches of the Geneva Convention are subject to the death penalty. Sometimes I have to compromise my views, but I never compromise on issues like the death penalty and the arm trade laws, despite what the readers or letters may say. Our law is a Jordanian law that we inherited, which applies to both the West Bank and Gaza, and sets the death penalty for those who sell land to Israelis.
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists.


Sometimes I can tackle an issue -homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty - and wrap a good story around it. When I arrived in France aged 20, I marched against the death penalty, which was an unpopular thing to protest against at the time. To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law. Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty. I was badly mauled by people in New York State for being against the death penalty for 12 years. The campaign against the death penalty has been - while a powerful campaign, its participants have been those who attend all of the vigils, a relatively small number of people. After Chernobyl, thousands and thousands of people, if not millions, were given a death penalty and had to pay the price, our father among them. Almost all the early Christian Fathers were opposed to the death penalty, even though it was of course standard practice across the ancient world.
Because the Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious - and therefore immoral - I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. I had concluded when I was the prosecutor that I would vote against the death penalty if I were in the legislature but that I could ask for it when I was satisfied as to guilt. But whether one is for or against, you can not deny the basic illogic - if we know the system is flawed, if we know there are innocent people on Death Row, then until the system is reformed, should we not abandon the death penalty to protect those who are innocent? But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. So philosophically I'm a tooth-for-tooth guy, but the reality is the death penalty as public policy is flawed.


But as an outsider, I am mystified by the fact that you are encouraged to buy a gun, but if you use it for the purpose that it is expressly designed for, you get the death penalty. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.
We were the first English-speaking government in the world to outlaw the death penalty, back in the 1840s.
We think it's OK to invade a country where we think Osama Bin Laden is and he's in the other country.
Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people?s lives.” ?George W. And this fallibility is, at the end of the day, the most compelling, persuasive, and winning argument against a death penalty. I was raised with that, and even Republicans in Michigan, nobody would even think of putting a measure on the ballot to have the death penalty. Bush Quotes“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” ?George W. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” ?George W.



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