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The Illusory Value of the Death Penalty

Texas12 Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 12:30 PM
Does Death Penalty Save Lives? A New Debate http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/us/18deter.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 From the NY Times article: "According to roughly a dozen recent studies, executions save lives. For each inmate put to death, the studies say, 3 to 18 murders are prevented. The effect is most pronounced, according to some studies, in Texas and other states that execute condemned inmates relatively often and relatively quickly." The article does present opinions and questions the statistical validity of the pro-death penaly side. However, the European viewpoint is not proven either.
After deciding to pursue the execution of the man charged with fatally shooting 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last summer, the prosecutor declared that "for James Egan Holmes, justice is death." By that definition, he might have added, justice is also highly unlikely.

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler might have resolved this case quickly, simply and inexpensively. Holmes' lawyers say their client would be willing to plead guilty for a sentence of life without parole. But the prosecutor declined.

Not much should be made of this announcement, since he has plenty of time and many reasons to change his mind....