Friday, May 31, 2013

The Death Penalty: Justice & Saving More Innocents

updated 3/2023

The Death Penalty: Justice & Saving More Innocents
Dudley Sharp, independent researcher, death penalty expert, former opponent, 
832-439-2113, CV at bottom

The death penalty has a foundation within justice and it spares more innocent lives.

The majority populations of all countries, likely, support the death penalty for some crimes (1).

Why? Justice.

Anti-death penalty claims are either false or the pro death penalty positions are stronger, as detailed, with sources.


The Death Row "Exonerated"/"Innocent" Frauds 
 71-83% Error Rate in Death Row "Innocent" Claims, 
Well Known Since 2000 

The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives

Does Truth Matter? Sr. Prejean, The Church and U of Notre Dame 

Religion and The Death Penalty

Full Rebuttal: Hannah Cox, National Manager,
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCADP),

There Is No Fraud Anti-Death Penalty Folks Will Not Push: A Case Study

Media Disasters in Death Penalty Stories
As a rule, media refuses to fact check/vet anti-death penalty claims . . . even worse, many in the media know their stories are false and/or misleading.  This section title, really, defines why this website is necessary, as you may note.

Rebuttal: Botched Executions

Anti-Victim: Anti-Death Penalty Movement

Saving Costs with The Death Penalty


Immanuel Kant: "If an offender has committed murder, he must die. In this case, no possible substitute can satisfy justice. For there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator is judicially put to death.". "A society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has taken somebody else's life is simply immoral."

Pope Pius XII; "When it is a question of the execution of a man condemned to death it is then reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his fault, he has dispossessed himself of the right to live." 9/14/52

John Murray: "Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of human life." "... it is this same atrophy of moral fiber that appears in the plea for the abolition of the death penalty." "It is the sanctity of life that validates the death penalty for the crime of murder. It is the sense of this sanctity that constrains the demand for the infliction of this penalty. The deeper our regard for life the firmer will be our hold upon the penal sanction which the violation of that sanctity merit." (Page 122 of Principles of Conduct).

Plato: “Longer life is no boon to the sinner himself in such a case, and that his decease will bring a double blessing to his neighbors; it will be a lesson to them to keep themselves from wrong and will rid society of an evil man. These are the reasons for which a legislator is bound to ordain the chastisement of death for such desperate villainies, and for them alone”

William A. Petit, Jr.: "Justice is the first virtue of social institutions," according to philosopher John Rawls. It transcends national borders, races and cultures. The death penalty is the appropriate societal response to the brutal and willful act of capital felony murder. Every murder destroys a portion of society. Those murdered can never grow and contribute to humankind; the realization of their potential will never be achieved. I support the death penalty not as a deterrent or for revenge or closure, but because it is just and because it prevents murderers from ever harming again. By intentionally, unlawfully taking the life of another, a murderer breaks a sacrosanct law of society and forfeits his own right to live. (In a home invasion, Dr. Petit was, severely injured, his wife Jennifer and their 11-year-old daughter Michaela were raped and murdered. Both daughters, Michaela and Hayley were burned, alive.)

John Locke: "A criminal who, having renounced reason... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tyger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security." And upon this is grounded the great law of Nature, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Second Treatise of Civil Government.

Saint/Pope Pius V: "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "In killing the criminal, we destroy not so much a citizen as an enemy. The trial and judgments are proofs that he has broken the Social Contract, and so is no longer a member of the State." (The Social Contract)

600+ pro death penalty quotes from murder victim's families &
3300+ from some of the greatest thinkers in history

a) Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice, by Judge Harold J. Rothwax, 1996
b) The Death of Punishment, Robert Blecker, 2014

600+ pro death penalty quotes from murder victim's families &
3300+ from some of the greatest thinkers in history

1) The media avoids these polls.

a) August 16, 2021      
86% Death Penalty Support, Depending Upon Crime Committed
New Evidence of Broad Support for Death Penalty | RealClearPolicy
Joseph M. Bessette & J. Andrew Sinclair, RealClearPolicy August 16, 2021 
These polls, above and below, reflect well known polls, for the last 15 years, showing much higher death penalty support than by the oft quoted, much less accurate Gallup, as even, Gallup shows (see Gallup's Mcveigh poll (below) vs their standard poll)

b)  Poll: Death Penalty
updated 9/29/2021

c) 86% Death Penalty Support: Highest Ever - April 2013
World Support Remains High
95% of Murder Victim's Family Members Support Death Penalty

Additional research,w/sources, w/fact checking/vetting & critical thinking, as required of everyone.  
1) The Death Penalty: Justice & Saving More Innocents
Students, Academics & Journalists: Death Penalty Research
Partial CV