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07 May 2009

Inquirer Column

Ok, maybe it's tamer than when I used to work at CP, but I make the case that America should keep executing murderers in the Inquirer today.

If someone is convicted of undoubtedly murdering a fellow human, society is obligated to dust off needles, electric chairs, or firing squads and use them. And anybody who disagrees must prefer justice denied to justice served.

Check it out here, and go buy a copy too. It's the right thing to do. (Both executing and still buying the papers, that is.)
Inquirer Illustration by Jon Krause

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Capital punishment would work and cut down homicides 90 percent IF 1:it was administered fairly that is,rich and poor.(won't happen) 2: DNA tests taken.
3:If it is proven that an ambitious DA withheld evidence that may have proven the defendant not guilty,that DA should be sentenced 20yrs to life which is still not enough.This won't happen,but if it would,most people would support it.One more thing:executions should take place within one year of sentencing.

9:58 AM  
Blogger TrackerNeil said...

Brian, I read your editorial on the death penalty as published by the Inquirer. You and I clearly disagree on that issue, and that's fine, but I'd suggest that you rethink these words:

"And anybody who disagrees must prefer justice denied to justice served."

It's certainly your right to think that anyone who disagrees with you is against justice; after all, we're all entitled to hold unfounded opinions. However, that attitude doesn't make a very persuasive argument.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Brian Hickey said...

Appreciate your comment, but I stand by everything I wrote, Neil, especially when it entails those who'd protect the lives of murderers despite the death(s) of their victim(s). That's hardly unfounded; it's the epitome of logic.
The "facts" that people use against capital punishment, in any form, are as unpersuasive as it gets.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent article, Brian. I think being wishy-washy on the subject is what makes an unpersuasive argument.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Hick nice article. Hope your doing well. I still keep that article you wrote about life's lemons in my wallet.

An old freind. Philly FD

4:56 PM  
Anonymous michael mcwilliams said...

Excellent,well thought out and well written commentary.

9:32 PM  

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