Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"We have the responsibility to punish those who deserve it, but only to the degree they deserve it. Retributivists do not justify the death penalty by the general deterrence or safety it brings us. And we reject over-punishing no less than under-punishing. How obscene that aggravated murderers who behave well inside prison watch movies and play softball.
Regardless of future benefits, we justify punishment because it's deserved. Let the punishment fit the crime…
Opponents [of the death penalty] wrongly equate retribution and revenge, because they both would inflict pain and suffering on those who have inflicted pain and suffering on us.
Whereas revenge knows no bounds, retribution must be limited, proportional and appropriately directed: The retributive punishment fits the crime…
We should only execute those who most deserve it. And not randomly. Refine our death penalty statutes and review the sentences of everyone on death row. Release into general population those who don't really deserve to die. The rest we should execute — worst first."
"Q&A: Death Penalty Proponent Robert Blecker," DallasNews.com, Apr. 2014
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:
Professor of Law, New York Law School, Aug. 1975-present
Documentary Film Director, Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead, 2008
Graduate Fellow, Law and Humanities, Harvard University, Jan. 1976-Dec. 1977
Special Assistant, Office of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Attorney General of the State of New York, 1974-1975
Lecturer, American Culture and Creative Writing, University of Vincennes, 1969-1974
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1974
BA, magna cum laude Playwriting, cum laude Economics, and cum laude Political Science, Tufts University, 1969
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"To Live or Die? Is There a Moral Obligation to Execute the Worst of the Worst? (Point/Counterpoint: Yes)," New York Law Journal Magazine, Sep. 2002
"Among Killers, Searching For the Worst of the Worst," Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2000
"The Right Way Out," New York Law Journal, Dec. 16, 1998
"How Does Congress Define 'Perjury'?," Wall Street Journal, Dec. 9, 1998
"Policing the Police," Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, Ed. D.J. Kenney, 1989
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