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Should extraordinary crimes be given extraordinary punishment?

The Norwegian terrorist and mass-murderer that shot 150 people in cold blood, mostly teens, and detonated a large bomb in downtown Oslo, is facing 21 years of imprisonment in what many criminals would consider nice surroundings. Should a social democracy change it's current judicial system parameters to hand out a more severe punishment, when faced with such pure evil?


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  • Jul 25 2011: They should take this opportunity to open discussions on future laws. They should be discussed and a decision should be made. The discussion should take place soon enough so that the current event is still fresh in their mind but far enough in the future that the raw emotion shown in your question doesn't sway the outcome. I am against any government changing a law/punishment after the crime has occurred.

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