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Testimony on Deterence in Opposition to the Death Penalty

Hugo Adam Bedau (deceased)
Austin Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
Excerpts from “The Case Against The Death Penalty”
(Copyright 1997, American Civil Liberties Union)

“Persons who commit murder and other crimes of personal violence either may or may not premeditate their crimes.

Testimony On Deterrence in Favor of the Death Penalty

Testimony in Favor of the Death Penalty

Ernest van den Haag
Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Policy, Fordham University. Excerpts from " The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense," (Harvard Law Review Association, 1986)

“Execution of those who have committed heinous murders may deter only one murder per year. If it does, it seems quite warranted. It is also the only fitting retribution for murder I can think of.”


The death penalty prevents future murders: Agree

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Society has always used punishment to discourage would-be criminals from unlawful action. Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to deter murder, and that is the death penalty. If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life.

Arguments for and Against the Death Penalty


Stages in a Capital Case