Ignoring Issues of Morality or Convicting the Innocent, Is Capital Punishment a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
Texas Tech. L. Rev., Forthcoming
11 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2014 Last revised: 6 Jul 2014
Date Written: June 5, 2014
The conventional debate over the risk of executing an innocent person is examined and shown to be vacuous. More innocent lives, by orders of magnitude, are lost through incarceration (the alternative to a death penalty) than could possibly have result from executing innocent defendants. This is an instance of the deadly dilemma of governing, which inevitably involves tradeoffs of social goods and costs, often of precisely the same variable.
Keywords: capital punishment, convicting the innocent, deadly dilemmas
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