Robert Blecker is a professor at New York Law School, a nationally known expert on the death penalty, and author of the book, The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst. The subject of the documentaryRobert Blecker Wants Me Dead, he is also a prominent voice in a dozen other documentaries. After a brief stint as a New York Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting corruption, he joined New York Law School, where he teaches constitutional history, criminal law, and co-teaches death penalty jurisprudence with leading opponents. The sole keynote speaker supporting the death penalty at major conferences and at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he was also the lone American advocate at an international conference in Geneva on the death penalty sponsored by Duke University Law School. Frequently appearing in The New York Times, on PBS, CNN, BBC World News, and other major media outlets, and with privileged access to death rows across the country, Blecker is making a documentary chronicling life on death rows and contrasting them with maximum security general population.
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Reserve executions for especially heinous, atrocious and cruel killers.
There are some people who kill so viciously, with an attitude that is so callous, so cruel, so wanton, that they simply deserve to die.
Retributivists do not justify the death penalty by the general deterrence or safety it brings us. And we reject over-punishing no less than under-punishing.
If the Supreme Court wants to promote human dignity, if it really reflects the will of the people and not their leaders, the justices will continue the punishment of death.
A basic retributive measure -- like for like or giving a person a taste of his own medicine -- satisfies our deepest instincts for justice.
Abolitionists play their latest game: Attack the drugs, boycott the source, attack the execution protocols.
Robert Blecker is an expert witness in defense of the American system of capital punishment in this mock trial held by Amicus.
This proposed model statute eliminates some standard aggravatorsnotably felony murder and premeditationin order to more clearly isolate and punish most severely only the worst of the worst.
A proposed corrections model mission statement that restricts prisoners liberty according to the seriousness of their crimes, threat of future harm, and prospects for rehabilitation.