For example, celebrated opponentSister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking) states, in reference to the deathpenalty, that "I couldnt worship a god who is less compassionate thanI am."(Progressive, 1/96; bold "I", JFA).
(A) The most relevant economic violent crime is robbery with injury, whichshows a 4:1 ratio of white victims to black victims (C.5); (B) By a 5:1ratio, whites are more likely to be victims of rape/sexual assault thanare blacks (BJS, 1977-1984); ( C ) For all property crimes (theft, burglary,auto theft), there is a 7:1 ratio of white to black victims ("Sourcebook,1994," BJS 1995, tables 3.21,3.25); (D) A comparison of only black andwhite perpetrators and victims reveal that whites are five times more likelyto be the victims of violent crime than are blacks, or 7.5 v 1.5 million,a 5:1 ratio ("Criminal Victimization, 1993" BJS 1995); and, for homicides,which by themselves, qualify for the death penalty: (E) In death penaltystates, police victim murders are capital crimes.
Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American ..
Dir., National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty(NCADP) and Sister Prejean, longtime Chairperson of the NCADP and author,Dead Man Walking, present this fact as evidence that the "system" valueswhite lives more than black lives.
Niagara Falls Death: Man Who Plunged Over ..
Receiving an undeserved second chance, Massie was paroled, but eight months later robbed and murdered businessman Boris Naumoff in San Francisco.
Faith Hathaway was 17 when she was murdered by Robert Willie, whose story became the inspiration for the film Dead Man Walking.
A new angle on the american death penalty
And now the banker, walking to and fro, remembered all this, and asked himself: "What was the object of that bet? What is the good of that man's losing fifteen years of his life and my throwing away two million? Can it prove that the death penalty is better or worse than imprisonment for life? No, no. It was all nonsensical and meaningless. On my part it was the caprice of a pampered man, and on his part simple greed for money ..."
Short Stories: The Bet by Anton Chekhov
It was a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. There had been many clever men there, and there had been interesting conversations. Among other things they had talked of capital punishment. The majority of the guests, among whom were many journalists and intellectual men, disapproved of the death penalty. They considered that form of punishment out of date, immoral, and unsuitable for Christian States. In the opinion of some of them the death penalty ought to be replaced everywhere by imprisonment for life. "I don't agree with you," said their host the banker. "I have not tried either the death penalty or imprisonment for life, but if one may judge , the death penalty is more moral and more humane than imprisonment for life. Capital punishment kills a man at once, but lifelong imprisonment kills him slowly. Which executioner is the more humane, he who kills you in a few minutes or he who drags the life out of you in the course of many years?"
TCADP – Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Robertson, "Tears from Heaven Voices from Hell: The Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty As Seen Through the Eyes of the Victims of Violent Crime and Death Row inmates"
Writers Club Press, March 2002Stuart Banner, "The Death Penalty: An American History"
Harvard Univ Pr, March 2002 Hugo Adam Bedau, ed.