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John C. McAdams, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“That inequity in the application of the death penalty requires its abolition is an argument that will be made only by people who do not like it for other reasons. The inequity argument is a pretext, not a reason. Between an inequitable death penalty and no death penalty, I would prefer an inequitable death penalty, just as I would prefer an inequitable tax system to no tax system, and inequitable policing to no policing. I say this because I think it likely that executions deter murders, and it is clear that a majority of Americans-white and black-think that justice requires executions for the most heinous crimes.”

“Racial Disparity and the Death Penalty,” Law and Contemporary Problems, Autumn 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • Webmaster, The Kennedy Assassination