I have always found that mercy

bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

…Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States

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[the death penalty is a reflection

of the animal instinct still in human beings”

…Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize winner

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i have reached the conviction

that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. reasons: 1. irreparability in the event of an error in justice; 2. detrimental moral influences [on a society carrying out an execution].”

…Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner

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The satisfaction of retribution

that the death penalty supplies can never outweigh the danger of unfair or erroneous application as long as it exists.”

…New York Times

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an eye for an eye

makes the whole world blind.”

…Mahatma Gandhi

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what you do to those men,

you do to God.”

…Mother Teresa, To a California Death Row guard in 1987

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capital punishment is

society’s final assertion that it will not forgive.”

…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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people who were fully informed

as to the purposes of the death penalty and it’s liabilities would find the penalty shocking, unjust, and unacceptable.”

… Thurgood Marshall, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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whenever any American Life

is taken by another unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in defiance of the law… in an attack of violence or in response to violence – the whole nation is degraded.”

…Robert F. Kennedy

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my brother was a man of love and

sentiment and compassion. he would not have wanted his death to be cause for the taking of another life.”

…Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy on Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination by Sirhan Sirhan

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No New Death Sentences for Texas

By Tim Cole Originally published by the Star-Telegram A jury verdict in a death penalty case earlier this year in Fort Worth is a microcosm of what is happening all over the state. In a trial moved from Young County to Tarrant County, a jury returned a shocking life-without-parole verdict in a case I had […]

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How It Feels To Kill 62 People: Confessions of an Executioner

by Selene Nelson — Guest Contributor, Jul 15, 2015 Originally Published by ThinkProgress.org Former Executioner Jerry Givens CREDIT: DeathPenaltyPhoto.org When it comes to capital punishment, we already know the fiscal cost: studies have found that a death sentence is up to ten times more expensive than life without parole, often at a cost of around […]

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Narrow Supreme Court ruling gives glimpse at future of death penalty

On the last day of its spring session, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a long-anticipated death penalty case, Glossip v Gross. Though the case’s scope was narrow – only relevant to one drug used in a handful of state execution protocols – the oral arguments held in April unfolded with rare courtroom drama and […]

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Justices Ginsburg, Breyer Say It Is ‘Highly Likely’ The Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — Two Justices on the Supreme Court on Monday suggested that the death penalty itself may be unconstitutional, saying that it may violate the Eighth Amendment. Both Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined two other liberals on the court in the dissent that suggested that states would be able to burn prisoners […]

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