Best 190 of Death penalty quotes - MyQuotes
The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
George H. W. Bush
There's a second life involved. No matter what your position is on abortion or the death penalty, you shouldn't put a pregnant woman to death.
I am afraid that it would be a mockery of justice if the death penalty is not imposed. And therefore I pleaded that there are maximum aggravating circumstances, which supersede the mitigating circumstances. And there is not a single mitigating circumstance which speaks in favor of the accused, and therefore all the accused deserve (the) death penalty.
R. J. Ellory
I think he killed someone already. Capital offense an’ all that.” Bailey tilted her head to one side. “That’s something that never made sense to me,” she said. “What?” “The death penalty. I mean, how does killing someone prove that killing people is wrong?
The death sentence is a barbaric act.
It's very rare that someone gets the death penalty for charges of conspiracy, for his influence, for his Svengali-Rasputin act.
As a Christian, as an individual, as a doctor, I am absolutely opposed to the death penalty.
I cannot in all conscience agree to anyone being sent to the gallows. God alone can take life because He alone gives it . . .
I think [the death penalty is] very expensive, and the delays are inordinate, delaying closure for the victims' families.
I'm pro-death penalty, but what I have not seen is anybody that would mock someone on death row.
If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call.
It is an expensive government program with the power to kill people.
I am passionately opposed to the death penalty for anyone . . . I think, myself, that it is an obscenity . . .
The system is not perfect. Until it's perfect, let's do away with the death penalty.
Coretta Scott King
Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life.
Conservatives should question how the death penalty actually works in order to stay true to small government, reduction in wasteful spending, and respect for human life.
I regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution that undermines the moral and legal foundations of society. I reject the notion that the death penalty has any essential deterrent effect on potential offenders. I am convinced that the contrary is true - that savagery begets only savagery.
We don't cut off the hands of thieves or castrate rapists. Why must we murder murderers?
R. J. Rushdoony
God in His law requires the death penalty for homosexuals.
We have abolished the death penalty for humans, so why should it continue for animals?
To condemn someone to death is to surrender; it proves that you failed. You are not able to change him, to change her; you have to kill him or her. You surrender. ... You only demonstrate your lack of capacity, your helplessness. This is failure.
I'm very glad that [the death penalty] hasn't existed for many years in the U.K.
To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.
For justice to have any meaning, it must also mean that no innocent person should ever be executed.
The death penalty would be even more effective, as a deterrent, if we executed a few innocent people more often.
The death penalty makes us all murderers.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.
I'm for the death penalty, I'm pro-abortion, I'm pro-assisted suicide, I'm pro-regular suicide. Anything that'll get the traffic moving.
Henrietta Newton Martin
It cannot be denied that in cases of child rape the question of consent cannot arise at all, simply because a child or worst still an infant lacks mental power or knowledge to provide “consent” or even lacks physical ability to restrain. Moreover such an act subjects the child/infant to physical trauma, leading to even physical , mental and psychological ailment. To eliminate the horror from the face of the earth, I firmly believe we need to accept capital punishment as an apt punishment for subjecting a child to such a ordeal
The death penalty doesn't need your assent to continue ... it needs your indifference.
McVeigh's lawyer got him the death penalty, which, quite frankly, I could have done.
Eliminating the death penalty...will not hinder the prosecutorial capacity to seek, or the court's ability to impose, 'life without parole' sentences for serious, heinous crimes and criminals.
The taking of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict on another, even when backed by legal process. Where the death penalty persists, conditions for those awaiting execution are often horrifying, leading to aggravated suffering.
My main area of activism is the death penalty, and it will continue to be once this crisis is over with.
The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to.
[T]here are some human rights that are so deep that we can't negotiate them away. I mean people do heinous, terrible things. But there are basic human rights I believe that every human being has. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United Nations says it for me. And it says there are two basic rights that can't be negotiated that government doesn't give for good behavior and doesn't take away for bad behavior. And it's the right not to be tortured and not to be killed. Because the flip side of this is that then when you say OK we're gonna turn over -- they truly have done heinous things, so now we will turn over to the government now the right to take their life. It involves other people in doing essentially the same kind of act." (PBS Frontline: Angel on Death Row)
Embracing a certain quotient of racial bias and discrimination against the poor is an inexorable aspect of supporting capital punishment. This is an immoral condition that makes rejecting the death penalty on moral grounds not only defensible but necessary for those who refuse to accept unequal or unjust administration of punishment.
Standing alone among great democratic nations in imposing the death penalty is another moral decision that Americansare being forced to confront.
Mom hadn't met Ramon; her advocacy was more arm's length - petitions, the website, letter writing, meetings with politicians. Her friend Hanna had formed a close friendship with Ramon though, visiting him as often as she could. Hanna told me that Ramon's greatest regret was that he wouldn't get to see his daughter grow up. And Jeremy's dad, who had that opportunity, was just throwing it away. It made me furious, and I couldn't let it go.
That led me to say that when push comes to shove, I'm against capital punishment.
The abolition of the death penalty is making us a civilized society. It shows we actually do mean business when we say we have reverence for life.
It can be argued that rapists deserve to be raped, that mutilators deserve to be mutilated. Most societies, however, refrain from responding in this way because the punishment is not only degrading to those on whom it is imposed, but it is also degrading to the society that engages in the same behavior as the criminals.
I agree with Thomas Jefferson, who once wrote that he would support the death penalty only when the infallibility of human judgment had been demonstrated.
I stood up to the liberal elite when they came to our state (Alabama) and tried to eliminate the death penalty, we won, they lost.
Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.
I did not see the hanging. They hanged him in front of the jail in Toronto, and You should have been there Grace, say the keepers, it would have been a lesson to you. I've pictured it many times, poor James standing with his hands tied and his neck bare, while they put the hood over his head like a kitten to be drowned. At least he had a priest with him, he was not all alone. If it had not been for Grace Marks, he told them, none of it would have happened. It was raining, and a huge crowd standing in the mud, some of them come from miles away. If my own death sentence had not been commuted at the last minute, they would have watched me hang with the same greedy pleasure. There were many women and ladies there; everyone wanted to stare, they wanted to breathe death in like fine perfume, and when I read of it I thought, If this is a lesson to me, what is it I am supposed to be learning?
Harry A. Blackmun
Of one thing, however, I am certain. Just as an execution without adequate safeguards is unacceptable, so too is an execution when the condemned prisoner can prove that he is innocent. The execution of a person who can show that he is innocent comes perilously close to simple murder.
It would take me a long time to understand how systems inflict pain and hardship in people's lives and to learn that being kind in an unjust system is not enough.
For whence did Dante take the materials for his hell but from this our actual world? And yet he made a very proper hell of it.
If a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his/her new religion, then it is as good as treason. There is a Death Penalty in Islam for such a person.