Argument: Executions characterize oppressive, undemocratic countries
Revision as of 02:23, 1 July 2008
[deathpenalty.org] - "The USA is keeping company with notorious human rights abusers. The vast majority of countries in Western Europe, North America and South America -- more than 105 nations worldwide -- have abandoned capital punishment. The United States remains in the same company as Iraq, Iran, and China as one of the major advocates and users of capital punishment."
Charles B. Blackmar, former senior judge of Missouri's Supreme Court - Most nations that share our political and cultural traditions have done away with the death penalty. The nations that still have capital punishment include China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and, before the American invasion, Iraq.
John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit - It is horrible that in a civilized country the arbitrary imposition of revenge continues to exist ... We are completely out of step. We should be ashamed.
Lewis F. Powell, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, in: J. Jeffries, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. 451 (1994) (quoting Powell). - [W]e are the only Western democracy that still has capital punishment. In my view it should be abolished. Let me add just this: It does not deter murders. It serves no purpose.