"Q&A: Death penalty proponent Robert Blecker," is the Sunday ViewPoints feature in the Dallas Morning News. The interview is conducted by editorial board member Rodger Jones.
Our Q&A is with New York Law School professor Robert Blecker, death penalty proponent and author. Based on thousands of hours inside maximum security prisons and on death rows in several states, his recently published crime-and-punishment memoir The Death of Punishment urges a fresh look at our criminal justice system.
You have heard the arguments from appellate lawyers who are trying to block executions that use untried drugs, based on the objection they might cause pain. What’s your reaction?
This whole controversy obscures deeper disagreements about the death penalty itself. Abolitionists —those who oppose capital punishment — try to clog the system with specious attacks. Clearly we can administer a lethal anesthetic to painlessly kill. Why should the FDA approve the drug? This is not medicine to cure; it’s poison to kill.
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