Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"While the evidence tells me that the death penalty does little to deter crime, I believe there are some crimes- mass murder, the rape and murder of a child- so heinous, so beyond the pale, that the community is justified in expressing the full measure of its outrage by meting out the ultimate punishment."
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, 2006
[Editor’s Note: Barack Obama confirmed his Pro position in a May 2, 2014 news conference, "Remarks by President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel in Joint Press Conference," available at whitehouse.gov, in which he stated: “I’ve said in the past that there are certain circumstances in which a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate - mass killings, the killings of children.”]
Experts 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:
44th US President, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
Former member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Former member, Foreign Relations Committee
Former member, Veterans' Affairs Committee
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School