Death And Justice And The Death Penalty Affirms Life

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Capital Punishment is a topic of great ambiguity therefore it is often debated. Those in favor of the death penalty believe that the death penalty is a reasonable punishment for heinous crimes of murder. Some pro death activist might even proclaim it as a way of "ridding the world of the trash that pollutes it " . Edward I. Koch who was mayor of New York City took a controversial stance on the death penalty by supporting the idea of judicial murder. In his argumentative essay entitled Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life ,he delineate why the death penalty is so imperative by using the execution of Joseph Carl Shaw . In contrast with Koch argument many anti-death penalty believe that judicial murder teaches the condemned …show more content…
New York City during the late 70s and 80s was crime ridden and overrun with criminals . When Mayor Koch enter office his radical new approach to crime shock many people. His personality was described as dogmatic and tenacious . He walked the streets of New York undaunted in the city with the highest crime rates. His controversial essay Death and Justice : How the Death Penalty Affirms life he make the argument that judicial murder is justifiable in order to deter criminals . He states that " Life is indeed precious, and I believe the death penalty affirm this fact. Had the death penalty been a real possibility in the mind of these murders , they might well have stayed their hands. They might have shown moral awareness before their victims died and not after" ( Koch., 320) Mayor Koch also addresses his opponents by considering the arguments that they might make . He believes that justice requires adequate punishment for the crime of murder . He uses many points to covey his opinion such as the case of J.C. Shaw . He writes" ... Mr. Shaw committed murder a week before the two for which he was executed, and admitted mutilating the body of the 14-year old girl he killed. I can 't help wondering what promoted these murders to speak out against killing as they entered the death-house door. Did their newfound reverence for life stem from the realization that they were about

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