How we and other countries used the death penalty historically is vastly different from today, and yet, the motivations behind it are still shockingly similar.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
As James Eagen Holmes awaits trial, prosecutors made it known this past week that they will seek the death penalty for his crimes, according to a March 2013 article in NBC News. Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 people and wounding upwards of 70 at a Colorado movie theater, had offered a plea deal to prosecutors that would require him to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole, which the state reportedly rejected. All the fervor surrounding the Holmes has reignited the death penalty debate, especially whether or not an execution can bring catharsis, or closure. Attorney Richard P. Console Jr. tackles that question, and the evolution of capital punishment, in his latest work, “Death is Death.”
“The evolving use and beliefs around capital punishment in this country are often contradictory,” said Console. “We value life above all else, but there are instances where we believe the actions a person commits overrides their right to life. How we and other countries used the death penalty historically is vastly different from today, and yet, the motivations behind it are still shockingly similar.”
In his newest article, Console digs into the history of capital punishment, from the first laws ever created up to modern day capital punishment cases such as the one against James Holmes. He examines the myriad of offenses people could suffer the death penalty for committing in ancient times – everything from goat theft all the way up to blasphemy. Some of these offenses still carry heavy penalties in the modern era in many countries. Are we, as a society, any different from those early civilizations that used death as a mechanism of control? That’s precisely what Console attempts to address with his research available for a thorough read on his law firm’s blog.