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Uamrikditjs : Forget it, no party is going to try to bring it back , its banned throughout Europe, not just the EU, Blair signed for the UK in 1998 - I recall a TV debate in 1995, 5 out of the 10 people who fitted the criteria for hanging were female....

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wamyenganeumb : We are not allowed to have the death penalty as the EU prevents it. No country with the death penalty is allowed in the EU.

Meanwhile Parliament abolished it 48 years ago for numerous excellent reasons. Courts make mistakes far too often. You should look up the Derek Bentley case, a famous one that led to questioning the death penalty even more than it was being already. Bentley was posthumously pardoned but that's no good to him, is it?

If you think it deters crime, you are deluded. If deterrence by harsh sentencing worked, why are there still prisoners? US states that use the death penalty have a higher murder rate than those that don't, basically because it's largely the same ones that have more lax gun laws. Criminals don't think "oh, I'll get a really bad sentence so I won't do it". It doesn't work like that in the criminal mind. They're more likely to be planning to avoid getting caught at all, in which case it is irrelevant what the punishment is as they're planning not to get it. Which is why the best deterrent is more policing, creating the impression they're more likely to get caught.

Death is the easy way out. Life imprisonment means years and years to think about it and suffer for what you did. The suicide rate in prison is quite high and prison officers have to be careful watching out for prisoners who might harm themselves. Harold Shipman, the UK's worst mass murderer, killed himself in prison and so did Fred West. It was less painful to them than decades of prison.

Your last point on DNA is irrelevant. That's nothing to do with the death penalty, it's about catching criminals whatever their sentence might be.

This country is not getting worse. That's just your impression from sensationalist newspapers.

Susan S should recognise that the question of costs is irrelevant to the UK. When we had the death penalty, the prisoner was hanged at most six weeks later - no endless appeals as the US has. The sentence was set for three weeks after sentencing, traditionally to allow the prisoner three clear Sundays to make peace with God, plus a possible further three weeks to allow for the only possible appeals, to the Court of Criminal Appeal, the Home Secretary, and the Queen. It's the appeals that make the death penalty more expensive than life imprisonment in the US as on average they go on for ten years.
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Nhlnqhes : The British justice system focuses on reform and correction rather than punishment. Ultimately, it's based on our shared Christian cultural inheritance of forgiveness as opposed to revenge.
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seexboomi : Show me a legal system that'll guarantee never to wrongly convict an innocent person and then we can discuss giving the state the power to murder its own people.
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EricWZ : I'm a student in high school right now and currently having a legal dispute with my school regarding a civil rights issue on the federal level. I have contacted several pro bono legal organizations but none have accepted my request to assist me and my family cannot afford our own lawyer so I'm representing myself. I'm well versed on law and government and have done my homework but my school is unwilling to listen to me so is it proper to direct my argument to their attorney? I don't know the whole etiquette when it comes to attorneys.
I am 18 so I do have the right to file a lawsuit.
It's a Title IX issue, I'm transgendered so I'm a biological boy and they refuse to let me join the cheer leading team. Under Title IX all public schools are mandated to have non discrimination in extra-curricular programs on the basis of sex. Can you people provide me with a straight answer on whether it's appropriate to contact the school's attorney directly?
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Yopemrlde : Unless you happen to be 18 or older you can not sue anyone in any court. Your parent would have to do so on your behalf.
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Mobfabybrirty : You should direct your arguments to whomever is going to decide whatever you want decided.
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SwonMentsMece : If the civil rights organizations, like ACLU for instance, won't help you it means you probably don't have a case. They like to stir things up and wouldn't pass up a chance to get involved in a federal civil rights violation if there were any chance of winning.
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Aripooh0013 : Would be interesting to know what your civil rights issue is and how it is on the federal level since a local school is a local school, you'd have to go through several courts before it came to be on the federal level.
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jajidmeu : Two different issues, actually. First, "Is it appropriate...." Heard of the First Amendment? You can contact anyone you want. But there is probably no law saying they have to respond. Second, you have a right to try to represent yourself... so go ahead and file stuff in court. If you do it correctly, the school system cannot ignore it. Since you are "well versed on law and government and have done my homework" it should be a breeze.
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