Argument: Executions respond appropriately to the most heinous crimes
Michael D. Bradbury, Ventura County District Attorney. "The Death Penalty is an Affirmation of the Sanctity of Life". LA Times. - A two and a half-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped, sodomized, tortured and mutilated with vise grips over six hours. Then she was strangled to death. Her assailant, Theodore Frank, according to court records and his own admissions, had already molested more than 100 children during a 20-year period.
A sentence of death is the only appropriate punishment for such a serial assailant committing such an extraordinarily heinous crime.
Christie Davies. "Safely executed". National Review. August 12, 1991 - IT WOULD not be unjust to execute someone with a long string of separate convictions for serious violent offenses stopping just short of murder - such as armed robbery, forcible rape, or inflicting grievous bodily harm - but it would be unwise, for it would encourage him to finish off his victims to silence potential witnesses. However, there can be no such objection to executing such a person if he does finally commit murder.
Jerry Kilgore. "Some crimes call for death". USA Today. 29 Oct. 2002- As a former prosecutor, former secretary of public safety and now attorney general, I believe that some crimes are so evil, some criminals so dangerous and some victims so tortured that executing the criminal is appropriate.
The coldblooded killing and wounding of more than a dozen people in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Alabama and Washington state is an example that there are some people who have no regard for human life. The wife who has lost her husband, the children who have lost their father, the person who survived but will have a long recovery — all of these are victims whom death-penalty opponents seem to forget about. Justice requires that those who do such evil acts be punished. As a civilized society, we must stand up for those whose lives were cut short, whose children and spouses were left behind and whose lives have been decimated.
Barrack Obama told reporters at a conference in Chicago, "I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes."