The death penalty is not normally a part of the European crime and punishment conversation. It is, however, an issue that is very much alive in other countries, particularly in the U.S. Discussions about it often go beyond the sentence itself and pose interesting questions about factors such as background, forgiveness, deterrent power, closure, and so on and so forth. In this piece, which explores the views of lawyers involved in fighting death verdicts, all those points and more are covered in quite an engaging way, too.
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