The Death Penalty & The Baby Stealers

by Jonah Goldberg

Assuming that there is no doubt about the identity of the murderers involved in the baby-snatching case and the evidence is overwhelming, which it already seems to be, I would very much like the anti-death penalty crowd to take up this case. It’s all very easy to talk about the problems with the death penalty in the “hard” cases — i.e. cases where there’s some arguable room for doubt about the guilt of the convicted.

But if you’re going to say the death penalty is always and everywhere wrong, you must take the hard cases too. You must defend the right to life of the people who do horrible things like this. And I suspect that will be very, very hard to do in this case.

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