Sunday, 18 February 2007

The ultimate punishment

The ultimate punishment
February 18, 2007

• Marion County prosecutor says some acts are so evil that they deserve capital punishment. • Law professor and physician lists good reasons for growing opposition to execution.

Amid reports of wrong convictions, inadequate legal representation, racial and class bias and botched executions, capital punishment has come under increasing fire. But advocates argue society has the right and the duty to impose the death penalty on those convicted of the worst crimes.

Beginning this week, Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts, Indiana University School of Law and Christian Theological Seminary will host 11 days of debates, theatrical performances and films about capital punishment. In Our Names: A Community Conversation on the Death Penalty is free and open to the public.

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