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Argument: The death penalty harms the family of the executed

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Lyndia Faihtinger - "Who tries to ease the pain for the parents of the condemned? Who tells us that they are sorry and remorseful for the death of our child? Does the state consider us, the parents, siblings and family of the condemned, as victims? No, they do not. But, as surely as I live and breathe, we are the victims who have all the grief and none of the closure."[1]

"Thoughts on the death penalty". Retrieved May 1, 2008 - "A second reason, that is often overlooked, is the hell the innocent family and friends of criminals must also go through in the time leading up to and during the execution and which will often cause them serious trauma for years afterwards. It is often very difficult for people to come to terms with the fact that their loved one could be guilty of a serious crime and no doubt even more difficult to come to terms with their death in this form. However strongly you may support capital punishment, two wrongs do not make one right. One cannot and should not deny the suffering of the victim's family in a murder case but the suffering of the murderer's family is surely equally valid."

Supporting videos

"Death Penalty Effects". Posted on YouTube September 28th, 2006.[2]

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