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When capital punishment can be viewed as a valid punishment for crime?

At present,there are increasingly terrorist activities.Do you think the capital punishment is needed? And what kinds of criminals should be executed capital punishment?

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  • Apr 22 2013: A much better solution would be to use them form medical experimentation. Currently medical research is expensive in some measure because tests of experimental drugs in humans is forbidden so it has to go through a lot of steps that would be unnecessary otherwise. What if the medical community could have a pool of human specimens in which to test such drugs and other medical treatments, of course those specimens would be people how had being convicted with almost 0% chance of being innocent.
    • Apr 23 2013: When you do your calculations about just how many innocent people would have to be sacrificed to a "medical" death for the dubious benefits of untried procedures, how didi you arrive at your ratio? Are you OK with being one of the potential victims? I trust that you have heard of Dr. Mengele, a Nazi doctor doing more or less what you are proposing. I don't remember hearing of a single person who thought it was any less than monstrous.
      • Apr 23 2013: First of all, if you read carefully I never said this should be applied for all, only for those who are convicted far beyond any "reasonable doubt", that is: there should be no evidence of innocence nor regret, and be declared guilty not only by a majority of the jury but unanimously.

        Secondly: There is a very huge difference between injecting people with a substance which in advance is known to be poisonous just to see what happens (Dr. Mengele) and giving them a drug specifically designed to heal a disease they have with the hope of healing them. Again, there is a huge difference between trying to induce pain and trying to relieve pain. Two completely opposite things.

        I don't see this as a "punishment" I see it as a way in which the criminals can repair in some measure the damage the done to society, in most cases while getting some benefit from it.
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      Apr 23 2013: I think it is too brutal than capital punishment.Those victims have to suffer from both psychological burden and physical pain.I found that a crimials could be sentenced of 100years in U.S or other countries ,I don't believe it is more efficient than the capital punishment.
      • Apr 23 2013: I am not talking about punishment, I am talking about a way in which the criminals can repair in some amount the damage they done, while at the same time getting the benefits of the latest medical research. If you peer a little bit beyond prejudgment you will realize that the "punishment" might become a reward in some cases, for the convicted person in the first place, as well as for the rest of human kind as a final result.

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