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An Unusual Defense of the Death Penalty

The death penalty has been in the news lately because of the American Law Institute’s disavowal of the very influential framework it created for applying the death penalty in 1962. Much of the concern of death penalty critics is based on the grave harm of executing the falsely convicted. I offer one possible defense of the death penalty that claims that maintaining the death penalty is actually better for those falsely convicted of first-degree murder:

Premise 1: After a criminal is convicted of first-degree murder with a punishment of the death penalty (DP), more attention and legal help* is offered to that criminal than when there is the alternative punishment of life imprisonment.
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