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I Judge Brady am sentencing Paula Pretty to a life in prison with no possibility of parole for the murder of a 16 year old female My decision to opposethe death penalty is based on moral practical as well as constitutional groundsI realize that many of my voters do not support me in my decision however I cannot go against my strong belief of a persons right to life My job as a judgeis to uphold the constitution and judge the actions of the accused not the accusedI am a judge not God and I have not been granted the authority to judge a humanThe death penalty is immoral and places the state in the role of God and ithas no authority to take upon this role The author of the moral law is God Stace p172 and not the state Therefore I as a judge must uphold the states laws as wellas Gods moral laws in which both prohibit murder We live in a democracy wherewe all have a say in what our government can and cannot do therefore practicing thedeath penalty places all of us in the role of executioner and brutalizes and degradesour society for doing so I nor anyone else is in the position to judge a human life nor can we select who is to die No human being has been granted that authorityTo kill someone as a punishment for murder would be committing the same crime wewere meant to punish and that makes us all murderers Furthermore the only reasonfor the death penalty is vengeance and vengeance is not only immoral but it has no place in a civilized society A civilized society should seek justice not revengeI refuse to meet hate with hate and violence with violenceOn a more practical level the death penalty wastes resources and is counterproductive in its results The death penalty actually costs more than keepingsomeone in prison for an entire lifetime The
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