Last updated on: 2/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bruce Fein, JD Biography

Title:
General Counsel for the Center for Law and Accountability
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

Abolitionists may contend that the death penalty is inherently immoral because governments should never take human life, no matter what the provocation. But that is an article of faith, not of fact, just like the opposite position held by abolitionist detractors, including myself…

The death penalty honors human dignity by treating the defendant as a free moral actor able to control his own destiny for good or for ill; it does not treat him as an animal with no moral sense, and thus subject even to butchery to satiate human gluttony. Moreover, capital punishment celebrates the dignity of the humans whose lives were ended by the defendant’s predation.”

“Individual Rights and Responsability – The Death Penalty, But Sparingly,” American Bar Association’s website (accessed June 17, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • General Counsel, Center for Law and Accountability
  • Founder, American Freedom Agenda, 2007-present
  • Principal, The Lichfield Group
  • Research Director, Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran
  • General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice, 1981-1982
  • Assistant Director, Office of Legal Policy, US Department of Justice
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?