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Unformatted text preview: some crime as offensive and to be avoided. However, Marshall says that it is “inconceivable that any individual…would fail to realize that murder is ‘wrong’ if the 4 4rr4 Marshall argues that retribution cannot provide a moral justification for capital punishment. He talks about the purely retributive justification for the death penalty, which is that the death penalty is appropriate because the taking of the murderer’s life is itself morally good. He provides a quote from his opponents stating that “the Eighth Amendment demands more than that a challenged punishment be acceptable to contemporary society.” Marshall adds that according to this, taking a life because someone deserves it must be wrong because it denies the person’s dignity and value....
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- Fall '08
- Gregg v. Georgia