I've always been a proponent against capitol punishment. In Jr. high school I actually debated this issue. I was recently asked if one of my kids or grandchild was raped or killed would I want the Murderer executed. After considerable thought I'd have to say yes. What would your position be on this?
I cannot support the death penalty, except in 'depraved' circumstances. That would be for a person, that could be shown to have no regard for human beings and possibly all life. In my past, I have been privy to horrific damage, even murder! But, the people were not 'depraved' and I had background information that could shed light on how it could have come about! I also, spent a lot of time studying human nature! Healing can and does take place, even from horrific circumstances. I can't support putting mentally ill people to death. I realize there is a fine line, between the 'depraved' and the mentally ill, but I am a humane person and we can remove people from society, for safe keeping.
We have had so many cases in Britain of wrongful executions, it would be very hard to get a 'guilty' verdict. Also - morally - how can we say 'you've killed, that's the worst crime you can commit. Now, we're going to kill you'! In the worst cases, lock 'em up forever, no parole, no release on licence. If they consider that prospect intolerable, provide them with the necessary drug to do away with themselves. Of course, the 'Devil Dodgers' would object, as suicide is a mortal sin.
I think the law needs to err on the side of caution. Dead is not reversible. If you take someone's life and it turns out the evidence was wrong then there are no do overs. As a parent/grandparent Yes, I would want the murderer killed. As a rational human being I want to be 100% sure we have the right person.