Antero wrote:I think that you're pulling things out of your ass. The consequences for murder are great regardless of whether or not the death sentence is handed down - it's not actually a relevant factor.matthew wrote:Do you really think it's not a deterrent? How about the non-serial would-be killers who plan a murder-for-hire for or on their own (which is premeditated, thus heinous) but consider the potential consequences and don't do it. I can almost guarantee there are such people out there in this country who've been deterred by fear of the penalty.
Oh, he's most definitely pulling this one out of his ass. You can "almost guarantee there are such people out there in this country"? What would that "almost guarantee" look like?
Are people deterred from committing crimes by the potential punishments? Yes, in some cases, they are. I seriously question, though, how many people would decide to go through with a murder knowing they face life in prison instead of facing execution. I don't think this distinction makes a difference to someone willing to take it that far. I really don't. And your guarantee is beyond flimsy.
matthew wrote:The debt is the murdered person. The price is the murder's life. As you can't bring back the former, you can't bring back the latter.
So any time the crime results in something we can't bring back, we have to take something that can't be brought back from the convicted person? If someone sets fire to my house and destroys items that are completely irreplaceable, what do we do to that person under your view?