Thursday, July 24, 2014

Botched Execution Renews Debates About Death Penalty

The arguments against the death penalty are already quite profound, including 1. The cost, 2. Failure as a deterrent, 3. Possibility of Error, 4. Racial/Class bias and 5. Moral questions regarding an eye for an eye (and the notion of state-sponsored murder as a punishment for murder). But another argument that resonates for many is the “cruel and unusual punishment” debate, thus questioning the constitutionality of its continued use. This was brought into clear focus today with the botched execution of an Arizona inmate, who was still alive and in considerable pain 90 minutes after receiving a lethal injection: LA Times. Isn’t it time to finally end this barbaric and anachronistic practice, catching up with the rest of the democratic world?

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