Case Study : Killing The Killer Essay

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Case 1: Killing the Killer

Introduction: Richard Ramirez was a convicted serial killer and rapist who was sentenced to the death penalty in 1989. He died before the sentenced could be carried out. Numerous individuals thought the death penalty was unjust. However, I agree with the decision to execute Richard Ramirez and that is was the right punishment to issue Richard Ramirez. I will argue that the moral principles of Kantian Ethics, and the theory of Gelernter defend the government’s decision of executing Richard Ramirez.

Reason 1: As outlined in Kantian Ethics, anyone who had committed murder must be murdered himself. This is done to establish justice and complete our duty to punish wrong doers in the correct manner. Additionally, the concept of Lex Talionis as outlined in Kantian Ethics further supports this. Lex telonis, or “an eye for an eye” is the way for the criminal to receive the crime he committed out back on him. For example, a murdered must be murdered in return as punishment. However, sometimes there comes a problem to how to punish rapists and or other worn doers. It isn’t necessary to do upon them what they committed. For example, a rapist does not have to be raped as punishment for his crime, instead a punishment that is proportional to the crime would suffice. Richard Ramirez was both a rapist and a murderer, which must be both be punished by death. This is for the criminal to get his just desserts and do our duty as society to punish murderers.…

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