Punishment and Death penalty

Imagine that you are on a jury. You have just found a young adult guilty of a particularly heinous rape/torture/murder of a small child. The defendant appears unrepentant. Now you are being asked to consider sentencing. The prosecution is asking for the death penalty, while the defense is requesting a sentence of life imprisonment. How would you vote? What factors would you consider? What would be the major stumbling block to changing your mind and voting the other way’?  The following discussion question comes from Lawrence M Hinman,( contemporary moral issues 4th edition, p. 1621




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