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103,382. In the ten years before capital punishment before it was abolished in Great Britain, the state took the lives of 41 prisoners. In the last 11 months the same number of prisoners have taken their own lives. What do they mean bring back capital punishment? Spitting Image s9e1, ITV 1990
24,197. Capital punishment in our world is no longer considered a justifiable deterrent. (Star Trek & Capital Punishment) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Justice s1e8, Picard on planet
25,206. Our society like any other must control its disruptive elements. And execution may be undesirable – I grant you that – but on some rare occasions it is necessary and wise. (Star Trek & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty) Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish s2e18, Q at asylum-seeking Q’s hearing
39,174. I believe that there is a racist component to the death penalty. (Racism & Death Sentence & Capital Punishment) Ronald Hampton, executive director US National Black Police Association
69,526. Is it ever morally right to kill a human being? ... Is it OK to kill someone if you’re not or war at not being immediately threatened by them? ... Do you trust the government to kill only bad people? ... The death penalty is bullshit! (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) Penn & Teller, Bullshit! The Death Penalty s4e3
69,527. 64% of the Americans support the death penalty. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
69,528. Are you really willing to trust the government workers to end someone’s life? What is the government good at? (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
69,529. A study published in the medical journal The Lancet examined data from autopsies performed on forty-nine executions ... Forty-three of the executions had lower concentrations ... were likely to have been awake and aware ... Fails to meet the standards of putting down animals. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
69,530. Murder Rate 1999: Death Penalty States 5.5; Non-Death Penalty States 3.6. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
39,327. Murder Rate 2004: Death Penalty States 5.1; Non-Death Penalty States 2.9. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
39,208. Death Row: 46% are White; 42% are Black. But Blacks only make up 12% of the population. (Black Culture & Capital Punishment & Death Sentence) ibid.
69,531. We’re all murderers. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
69,532. Deterrent? Jesus Christ! (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) ibid.
57,109. Let’s go to the stoning. (Jesus Christ & Capital Punishment & Death Sentence) Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979 ***** starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Kenneth Colley & Neil Innes & Gwen Taylor & Carol Cleveland & Spike Milligan et al, director Terry Jones, Mother of Brian to Brian
57,112. Feel the quality of that ... Should be a good one this afternoon. Local boy. Enjoy yourselves. (Jesus Christ & Capital Punishment & Death Sentence) ibid. stone-seller
17,524. At 10.00 a.m. on 2nd May 1960 United States district judge Louis Goodman agreed to a stay of execution in the case of Caryl Chessman, convicted killer, due to be executed in a few moments’ time. The judge instructed his secretary to telephone San Quentin prison to halt the execution – she got the wrong number. This was the ninth time that a stay of execution had been granted. (Gangstas & California & Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) Great Crimes & Trials: Caryl Chessman
23,296. I just don’t thing the State should take a man’s life. (Court & Film Noir & Death Sentence & Capital Punishment) Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956 starring Joan Fontaine & Dana Andrews & Sidney Blackmer & Shepperd Strudwick & Arthur Franz & Philip Bourneuf & Ed Binns & Robin Raymond, director Fritz Lang, Austin
19,997. The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing. (Crime & Punishment & Death Sentence & Hanging & Capital Punishment) Voltaire
66,168. I don’t feel that there is anything equitable or fair or sensible or socially valid about capital punishment. Gary Chessman, executed after nine appeals and twelve years on death row, news conference before death
66,169. I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment. Werner Herzog
66,170. If we could do away with death, we wouldn’t object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
69,549. Capital punishment kills immediately, whereas lifetime imprisonment does so slowly. Which executioner is more humane? The one who kills you in a few minutes, or the one who wrests your life from you in the course of many years? (Death Sentence & Capital Punishment & Prison) Anton Chekhov
69,520. Does capital punishment tend to the security of the people? By no means. It hardens the hearts of men, and makes the loss of life seem light to them. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) Elizabeth Fry
69,524. When in Gregg v Georgia the Supreme Court gave its seal of approval to capital punishment, this endorsement was premised on the promise that capital punishment would be administered with fairness and justice. Instead, the promise has become a cruel and empty mockery. If not remedied, the scandalous state of our present system of capital punishment will cast a pall of shame over our society for years to come. We cannot let it continue. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) Justice Thurgood Marshall, 1990
69,525. Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent. (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment) Justice William J Brennan junior 1994
69,534. As we contemplate the horrors of Death Row we’re inclined to write off capital punishment as a peculiarly American barbarism, a throwback to the distant reactionary past, unthinkable in civilised social democratic Britain. In fact, between 1900 and 1949 some 632 people were murdered by the British state because they had allegedly committed murder. Paul Foot, State of Terror
69,533. The more the argument for capital punishment depended on a rational case for deterrence, the more it was lost. The Royal Commission found no conclusive evidence of deterrence. Especially impressive were the statistics from the United States where capital punishment had been abolished in some states, not in others. In North Dakota, for instance, where capital punishment was abolished in 1915, the murder rate was slightly lower than in South Dakota where the social composition was very similar and where capital punishment was still in force. In Maine capital punishment had been abolished in 1876 and reintroduced after a right wing hullabaloo following an especially nasty murder. The murder rate, however, went up even faster, so capital punishment was abolished again in 1887 – after which the rate subsided.
The truth was that there was no correlation at all between the incidence of capital punishment and the incidence of murder. Murders were mainly personal or domestic crimes, immune from deterrence. Moreover, there were plenty of American ‘mistakes’ similar to the tragedies of Timothy Evans and James Hanratty. Capital punishment did not deter murders, and if a ‘mistake’ was made, there was no way of putting it right. (Death Sentence & Capital Punishment) ibid.
69,535. In the 1950s and 1960s the possibility of such a mistake was widely dismissed in polite society. Lord Chancellor Lord Kilmuir, discussing the Evans case, told parliament that the idea that a judge, jury and the court of appeal could convict the wrong person was ‘in the realms of fantasy’. Those realms of fantasy have been visited again and again in recent years as an enormous stream of prisoners wrongly convicted for murder have emerged from the high court after years of wholly unjustified, and not at all fantastical, imprisonment. ibid.