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Winter 1-1-2009


There is perhaps a no more divisive and significant issue in the United States than that of capital punishment./ The debate over the death penalty is of vital import and intrigue because it involves death, the termination of an individual's known existence. Not only does the death penalty involve death, but more properly, it involves the deliberate taking of life.3 It is precisely because the death penalty involves the willful extermination of human life that the debate must be thoroughly examined. This article attempts to add this needed clarity by evaluating the various arguments against the death penalty.

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West Virginia Law Review





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Law and Race Commons



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