The assertion that capital punishment is unfair long has been a rallying cry for champions of duly convicted depraved murderers whose guilt is not in doubt.  The notion that the death penalty is not and cannot be fairly imposed has been repeated again and again.

            For naïve followers, this is an uncritically accepted faith lacking both logic and evidence. It is based on fallacies, unwarranted assumptions and insupportable assertions. For knowing leaders, the demand for fairness is a cynical ploy intended to abolish the penalty rather than make it fair. If their words were ever taken seriously, the inevitable ludicrous result would be abolition of any punishment for any violent crime.




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