Against Death Penalty Quotes

Against Death Penalty Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., Anthony Jeselnik, Philip Kaufman, Harry A. Blackmun, Alphonse Karr, Jack Kemp and many others.

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Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I can’t talk politics with my cousin because he’s such a hypocrite. He’s against the death penalty and he hanged himself.
Anthony Jeselnik
Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.
Philip Kaufman
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.
Harry A. Blackmun
If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by our friends the murderers.
Alphonse Karr
I have come to think that capital punishment should be abolished.
Jack Kemp
I am against the death penalty.
Andrew Cuomo
Our criminal justice system is fallible. We know it, even though we don’t like to admit it. It is fallible despite the best efforts of most within it to do justice. And this fallibility is, at the end of the day, the most compelling, persuasive, and winning argument against a death penalty.
Eliot Spitzer
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.
J. R. R. Tolkien
People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
Angela Davis
I have yet to see a death case among the dozen coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial… People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When you poll snake person Christians, Christians born after 1980, it’s like 80% of them are against the death penalty. It’s not because they’ve thrown out their faith, but it’s because of their faith they can’t reconcile the death penalty with Jesus and their commitment to Jesus.
Shane Claiborne
Government … can’t be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill.
Helen Prejean
Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty… mine’s putting in an express lane.
Ron White
Personally I am very much against the death penalty for several reasons.
Alan Parker
The campaign against the death penalty has been – while a powerful campaign, its participants have been those who attend all of the vigils, a relatively small number of people.
Angela Davis
My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.
Andrew Cuomo
To top it off, for those of you who are interested in the economics, it costs more to pursue a capital case toward execution than it does to have full life imprisonment without parole.
Ralph Nader
I’m not in favor of the death penalty. But I’m in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else.
John Grisham
Now I am dedicating that life to campaigning against the death penalty and raising awareness about human rights.
Hafez Ibrahim
My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I’m killing somebody.
Steve Earle
An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed in retaliation.
Coretta Scott King