re: VIDEO -- C-SPAN, Book TV, AFTER WORDS: Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien, "Murder at the Supreme Court: Lethal Crimes and Landmark Cases", hosted by Kimberly Tignor, National Bar Association
The nonsense is so thick, this could be any anti death penalty presentation.
The findings that the death penalty deters none do not exist (2). In fact, I have yet to find anyone that would make such a claim. It is impossible to defend or to prove.
Therefore, the question is not "Does death penalty deter?" It does. The only relevant question is "How much does it deters and does it deter more than life without parole?
It appears that Clancy presumed he got a full account. Don't presume.
Innocent frauds of the anti death penalty movement have become so common (3), that extreme caution and thorough fact checking should always be the rule.
You would think journalists would have some clue as to how important that is. It appears that if a claim supports the anti death penalty cause, they just accepted it - common.
O'Brien forgot to mention that there is no remedy for innocents who die in prison, either, which likely occurs with higher probability than with an innocent executed (3).
About 5000 die/year within US custody. On average, we have executed about 36/yr. since1976.
In addition, innocents are better protected with the death penalty than with life without parole (3).
10) O'Brien says that the poor and those with little to no education are more likely to receive the death penalty.
The poor are most likely to commit murder and, therefore, are much more likely to receive it and those on death row have a median education of the 12th grade.
Did they not consider those realities?
11) O'Brien says that the race of the victim is a real problem in death penalty cases. Hardly. It just so happens that whites are, overwhelmingly, the victims in capital murders (8) . Does he know that white murderers are twice as likely to be executed as are black murderers (8)?
Probably never even considered it.
Absurd to the point of the ridiculous or delusional.
It appears that both Clancy and O'Brien just decided to accept a bunch of anti death penalty claims, with no fact checking and no critical thinking.
These guys were/are reporters?!
1) "DEATH PENALTY DETERRENCE CLARIFIED"
THE DEATH PENALTY: SAVING MORE INNOCENT LIVES
5) Capital Punishment, 2010 - Statistical Tables, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Tracy Snell, Dec 2011, see Figure 1, page 1 and Table 8, page 12,
The Disaster Center is a convenient and reliable source for crime data, which uses FBI UCR data
year murders rapes robberies
1991 2652 9266 47900
2011 1126 7439 28395
dif 1526 18 27 19505
less 58% 20% 41%
year murders rapes robberies
1991 24,700 106,590 687, 730
2011 14,612 83,425 354,396
dif 10,088 23,165 333,334
less 41% 22% 48%
Source: Disaster Center
http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/ data taken from FBI UCR