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Charles E. Rice, JSD Biography

Professor Emeritus at Ave Maria School of Law at the University of Notre Dame
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“The only situations in which anyone ever has the moral right intentionally to kill anyone are the just war, capital punishment and a justified rebellion. But no one ever has the right intentionally to kill the innocent. The just war and capital punishment are decreed by the state, which derives its authority from God… The right to kill intentionally, therefore, can properly be asserted only by those responsible for the common good…”

“Showdown in Texas, The Pope vs. The Culture of Death,”, Sep./Oct. 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law, Emeritus, Ave Maria School of law, University of Notre Dame, 1969-present
  • Assistant Coach, Notre Dame Boxing Club, University of Notre Dame
  • Co-founder, Ave Maria School of Law, University of Notre Dame
  • Member, Board of Governors, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
  • Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Board member, Eternal Word Television Network
  • Chairman, Center for Law and Justice International
  • Director, Thomas More Center for Law and Justice
  • Member, Education Appeal Board, US Department of Education, 1981-1993
  • Consultant, US Commission on Civil Rights
  • Vice-Chairman, Conservative Party of New York, 1969
  • Retired Lt. Colonel, US Marine Corps Reserve
  • LLM, JSD (Juridicae Scientiae Doctor), New York University
  • JD, Boston College Law School
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Used for Retribution for Victims and/or Society?