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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lock up: yes. Throw away key: why not? Kill: no way

I think it's heartening news that George Zimmerman, the vigilante who admitted killing Trayvon Martin, may be charged with a hate crime.

I think it's worrying that he could get the death penalty for it. I don't believe it's ever right for the state to put someone to death, whatever the legal processes involved and however vile the crime. Apart from any other considerations, it causes more suffering to the prisoner's family and arguably less to him or her. Anders Breivik, for example, wants to be executed rather than imprisoned for life, which seems an excellent reason to lock him up until he dies).

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