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Title: Capital Punishment
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Within the last quarter of a century much has been said and written in favor of the abolition of capital punishment. Such punishment is virtually abolished, for in those States which have not actually prohibited hanging a murderer, the Legislatures have provided that juries may determine whether the penalty for murder shall be hanging or imprisonment for life. For number of years past we have had experience in the workings of this law, and its results, and are confident that in every State, murder has increased after the abolition of the death sentence. Today, murder is much more frequent than twenty five years ago, when, to prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, resulted in hanging by the neck until dead. The fear of imprisonment for life does not deter men from murder-there are a thousand ways of escape, and the red-handed murder of to-day fancies that he can manage to escape punishment, some how or other. These facts suggest the propriety of Legislative Assemblies considering this subject, by a comparison of the frequency of murder under the death penalty, with its frequency under its abolition. How stands the case? Let the records of out courts of justice tell. Let judges and attorneys and juries answer. Let outraged communities throughout the country speak upon this subject. And of this high and abolical crime rages more unmasked now in when the law was more stringent, then our Legislature repeal the present law giving to juries the prerogative of substituting imprisonment for hanging. But before they do this let them investigate the matter thoroughly. Let themselves be satisfied that each repeal would be a stay put upon crime, and a means lasting to the better protection society.

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Date: 1/14/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002138
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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