Argument: Society is judged by how it treats prisoners; executions fail test
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Oscar Wilde - "One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishment that the good have inflicted."
Shigemitsu Dando, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan, professor emeritus, Tokyo University Faculty of Law, in "Toward the Abolition of the Death Penalty", 1996. - The law must function as a model for society of how justice should be applied. If the law permits the taking of human life by its own hand, while asking the nation to respect human life, the law can no longer exercise its discipline over society.