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Life Death Penalty
Debate Score:8
Total Votes:8
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 Life (5)
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Jared Lee Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison: Does He Deserve Life or Death?

Jared Lee Loughner, the man behind the Arizona shootings, which killed six people and injured 12 others (including former US representative Gabrielle Giffords), has finally been given a sentence -- and it's life in prison.

US District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner, 24, to seven life terms plus an additional 140 years in prison for the shooting, which occurred back in January 2011. Loughner previously pleaded guilty under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole -- instead of getting the death penalty. Do you think Loughner deserves life in prison -- or the death penalty?

Loughner, who pleaded guilty to attack in Tuscon in 2011 that left six dead and 12 other including Gabrielle Giffords injured


Side Score: 6

Death Penalty

Side Score: 2
1 point

The thing I read said he was Schizophrenic so i'm surprised he did'nt plead diminished responsibility, if he is Schizophrenic he should be in a secure mental hospital receiving treatment, I dont think Prison or the Death Penalty is right for someone like that.

Side: Life
Emperor(1348) Disputed
1 point

Why not?

Then who is death good for?

If you are mentally unsound and murdering people, then isn't death better than imprisonment for life?

Why do we try to keep mentally insane people alive, but not normal killers?

Side: Death Penalty
TheAshman(2299) Disputed
2 points

The Death Penalty is just state sanctioned revenge, so people should be imprisoned and if they are deemed to be mentally unstable they should be kept in a secure hospital and treated. The other thing that is bad about the death penalty is the fact that people are kept on Death Row for years that in itself is cruel and unusual punishment and negates the argument that the death sentance is better than keeping them in prison for years as the average stay on Death Row for an inmate is 13 years and the longest stay on Death Row was 34 years.

Side: Life
1 point

I don't think he really deserves the death penalty. I mean after all the people he killed & injured, does he really need an easy way out? Besides, life in American prisons is rather mild compared to those in other countries; free food, free clothes, free healthcare... I think he deserves to spend the rest of his life knowing what he did, and being guilty for it. Psychological torture.

Side: Life

Life imprisonment is fair. He will spend the rest of his years in a terrible place.

Side: Life

doesnt matter as his death will come soon and he will go to hell

Side: Death Penalty