Capital Punishment. Kaitlin Holl, Simon Loos, Mia Neagle, Alex Bull, & Alyssa Sangalang. Ethical Questions. How do we set up a structure that applies punishment appropriately to everyone? How do we determine which crimes are unforgivable?
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Kaitlin Holl, Simon Loos, Mia Neagle, Alex Bull, & Alyssa Sangalang
“A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil…I renew the appeal I made most recently at Christmas for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary” –Pope John Paul II
If non-lethal means aren’t sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, the Catholic Church allows the penalty.
Standards of developed society need more mature response to murder than revenge
Emotional impulse not enough reason for capital punishment because of the many other problems caused by it
Society teaches us to have complete respect for all life
Only continues violence, doesn’t stop murders
Most people on death row are not killed, only those who are not able to defend themselves as well as the others
“Vengeance is a strong and natural emotion. But it has no place in our justice system.” - Bud WelchCon Arguments
“An murder than revenge eye for an eye”
Society surrenders to violence if balance is not restored by killing murderer
Closure to crime for family
Penalty applied to worst crimes so the offenders deserve the worst punishment
Supreme Court dismissed use of statistical studies claiming racial bias as only reason for overturning death sentence
Some systematic issues should not cause the death penalty system to be abandoned
“For justice to prevail, some killers just need to die” - Robert Macy, District Attorney of Oklahoma CityPro Arguments