Death Penalty 2 - Case Against the Death Penalty 1....

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Case Against the Death Penalty 1. Principle: Death Penalty in Principle Wrong 2. Practice: DP administered unjustly, in irremediable ways 3. Ideal: Cause of civilization advanced by abolishing DP
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The Principled Case Against the DP a) Killing only justified in immediate self- defense DP is killing after danger is over b) Against retributivism as institutionalized sadism c) Retributivist defense of DP proves too much —even cruel torture d) DP expresses disrespect for human life, denies humanity of criminal
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Difficulty Resolving Arguments over DP on Pure Moral Principle a) Retributivism remains powerful counterclaim b) Can be constrained by 8 th Am., which does not preclude DP c) DP expresses respect for innocent human life: how better to express this than by punishing murder with highest penalty? d) Even Kant, who advanced principle of universal human respect, supported DP Standoff between principles of retribution (desert) and self-defense as justifications to kill
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Arbitrary, Unjust Administration of DP: Scott Turow, member, Ryan Commission 1.Horizontal inequity: same crime, different
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