Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

John Hood Biography

Title:
President of the John Locke Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Remember, no doctor is compelled to be present at an execution. Those who choose to do so believe that it is ethical… To punish them, it must be proved that medical ethics and presence at an execution are impossible to reconcile. But that’s clearly not true… At an execution, the state clearly has the right to take the murderer’s life. But it does not have the right to torture him, either by imposing excessive pain or by failing to complete the execution swiftly. The presence of a doctor is a guard against those eventualities. The fact that a doctor is present doesn’t make that doctor the executioner. Indeed, the protection against cruel and unusual punishment would seem to require that a doctor be present.”

“Judge Is Right on Execution Ethics,” Lincoln Tribune.com, Sep. 26, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, John Locke Foundation
  • Publisher and Columnist, Carolina Journal
  • Columnist, High Point Enterprise, the Gaston Gazette, and the Durham Herald-Sun
  • Creator-Producer, “Carolina Journal Radio” weekly radio newsmagazine
  • Bradley Visiting Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 1994-1995
Education:
  • BA, Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Other:
  • His work appeared in print and television media such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and FOX News.
Quoted in:
  1. Should Physicians Participate in Executions?