In 18th century England, pickpocketing was a capital offense. Once a week, crowds would gather in a public square to observe public hangings of convicted pickpockets, unaware that their own pockets were being emptied by thieves moving among them. That’s a true story, and, if you’re ever trying to convince somebody of why the death penalty is not a deterrent, that’s a good example.Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
The death penalty is vengeance, not justice
The man who shot Larry Flynt, who has spent life in a wheelchair since, is due to be executed next week. Joseph Franklin is a white supremacist convicted of murder, and shot Flynt for featuring a mixed race couple in a magazine photo spread. Flynt is opposed to execution, and penned a piece for the Hollywood Reporter explaining why. It includes: