Everybody believes that capital punishment is wrong, but when they look at certain cases, they're quick to say, 'Put them to death,' or scream 'capital punishment.'
But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.
Capital punishment is the source of many an argument, both good and bad.
I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union, that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment.
As long as you have capital punishment there is no guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death.
I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.
I would like to see capital punishment suppressed in all democracies.
I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.
Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.
The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment.
This country is becoming increasingly authoritarian. It's based on capital punishment.
The government (or humanity) would not permit capital punishment for one man, but they permitted the murder of millions a little at a time.
And capital punishment, however ineffective it may be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to, is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory.
I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.
The serial murderer often seeks the very form of capital punishment that is being held over his head as a deterrent.
I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
Suicide is possible, but not probable; hanging, I trust, is even more unlikely; for I hope that, by the time I die, my countrymen will have become civilised enough to abolish capital punishment.
What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party.