Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"[W]e reserve the death penalty in the United States for the most heinous murders and the most brutal and conscienceless murderers. This is not, as some critics argue, a kind of state-run lottery that randomly chooses an unlucky few for the ultimate penalty from among all those convicted of murder. Rather, the capital punishment system is a filter that selects the worst of the worst...
Put another way, to sentence killers like those described above to less than death would fail to do justice because the penalty – presumably a long period in prison – would be grossly disproportionate to the heinousness of the crime. Prosecutors, jurors, and the loved ones of murder victims understand this essential point...
Perhaps most importantly, in its supreme gravity it [the death penalty] promotes belief in and respect for the majesty of the moral order and for the system of human law that both derives from and supports that moral order."
"Why the Death Penalty Is Still Necessary," CatholicWorldReport.com, July 21, 2016
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor, Philosophy, Pasadena City College, 2012-present
Faculty, Envoy Institute Catholics Apologetics Academy
Former Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Former Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University
PhD, Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1999
MA, Religion, Claremont Graduate School
BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, California State University at Fullerton