Would You Support The Death Penalty for White Collar Crimes?

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    For certain white collar crimes that would throw a whole nation's economy into crisis, would you support the death penalty? Would you support handing out the death penalty to those responsible if it could be proven that those responsible knew and didn't care---that greed overrode civic duty and fiscal responsibilities?
     
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    No...

    I don't support the death penalty. I should be abolished. It costs this country billions of dollars and make our streets less safe.
     
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    The death penalty does not cost that much money---the appeals do. I wonder how much it costs to jail and put to death a convicted person in a state like Texas vs Mass.?



    I don't support the death penalty myself, but I do not think the $$$$ argument has ever been a valid one.
     
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    No. Capital punishment should be reserved for the most egregious crimes against another person or living thing.

    They should be forced to labour and produce that which is necessary for their own sustenance. Their victims should not be forced to support them.
     
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    Although I do believe with the white collar workers, the threat of the death penalty (if the fraud they committed is egregious and they are found guilty), might actually prevent these kind of horrific white collar crimes, probably even more so than the threat of the death penalty does for the criminal offense such as first degree murder, I believe it is excessive.

    So, NO.
     
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    No. Life sentences for the worst - fraud should not be reclassified as a capital crime.
     
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    The death penalty should be abolished, regardless of the crime. It has nothing to do with money or appeals or keeping criminals off the street. It has to do with morality.

    LWOP is a more than sufficient punishment. Those who would seek to impose more (the death penalty) have moved over the edge and are simply seeking naked revenge.

    Justice is never served by the taking of a life.

    The cost of keeping a murderer in prison for the rest of his life is the price we pay for the right to call ourselves a civilized society.
     
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    Interesting point, I'll take it up elsewhere to avoid fouling the thread.
     
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    Why would that be necessary?

    Even if they did outrageous harm, why would it be necessary to kill them?

    You could argue in theory that a murderer is still dangerous to other inmates, but what the hell's a white collar guy going to do, scam prisoners? Cut them off from their stocks, from wall street and running a business while in jail and you've removed the threat of them continuing to scam the public.
     
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    Punishment fit the crime?

    A novel defense of the death penalty. Kill a prisoner so he will not harm other prisoners who are all in state custody. I've never heard of a case argued for the death penalty with the state admitting the prisoners run the prisons.
     

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