'death penalty'
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by princevince on 2005-04-19 21:13:46
advocates who defend criminals are generally pleading for abolishment of the death penalty, not for abolishment of the life long prison sentence.
by seraphblade on 2005-09-29 19:46:57
Convicted criminals still have certain rights enumerated in the Constitution. Popular demand should never change that-this is a case where majority sentiment is inappropriate because it is by definition biased.

Your argument could be easily disproved by offering death-row convicts the option to have their sentence commuted to life-I would submit that most (although possibly not all) would take the offer.

Also, judges and juries are human and make mistakes. If that mistake is later uncovered, a living prisoner is helped by that-a dead one is not.

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