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The article Death and Justice is written by Edward J Koch born in1924 served as the Democratic mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989 In 1985 he contributed the essay to the New Republic an influential public affairs magazine In the article Death and Justice he supports the idea of the death penalty presented to its readers with a vast amount of arguments to support his claims which he then undermined Early on in his article Koch compared the death penalty with that of the methods and therapies involved in the curing of cancer He claimed that one does not have to like the death penalty in order to support it any more than one must like radical surgery radiation or chemotherapy in order to find necessary attempt at curing cancer In other words people need not to like the methods but it is necessary to eradicate the illness This analogy implies that the use of the death penalty has positive and evident effects but is said still to be barbaric by those who oppose the death penalty Later on into the article Koch forwards his claim that the death penalty in the USA is justified by its extremely high murder rate Koch also goes on to mention exact numbers of convicted murderers that were arrested on murder charges for a second time in 1976 and 1977 he does not however mention how many of this numbers depicts the total amount of people who were arrested on suspicion of murder this causes the argument to be empty on the account of lack of information required to structure a larger picture Further on Koch states that the death penalty strengthens the value on human life If the penalty for any heinous crime were lowered then this would lessen the victims regard for their suffering humiliation and personal integrity It would cheapen their horrible experience and expose them to any future
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