Maloney, Arthur and Sedgwick, Joseph
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The case against the death penalty: Mr. Arthur Maloney:
First, some humorous stories in connection with this discussion. Some facts and figures. Motives that lie behind the murders committed in Canada over a 20-year period. Some Provincial statistics. The question of executive clemency. Contrasting the use made in Canada of this privilege of executive clemency with the corresponding use made in England. Some figures to assist in determining the arguments for and against the death penalty. Jurisdictions throughout the world that have experimented with the abolition of the death penalty. The aspect of the inequality of the imposition of the death penalty, with illustrative examples. The defence of a convicted murderer too often involving the first experience in the courtroom of a young lawyer. Differences in trial judges. The lack of a deterrent effect of the death penalty. The speaker's belief that the death penalty should be done away with.
The case for the death penalty: Mr. Sedgwick:
Looking at the experience of other civilizations similar to our own with regard to the death penalty. The lack of meaning in statistics. A response to Mr. Maloney's arguments. Safeguards existing now against the risk of judicial miscarriage, including the Court of Criminal Appeal. The issue of economics. The dangers involved in incarcerating a murderer. Some cases to consider. The deterrent effect. The role of the jury. The speaker's belief that the death penalty should be retained "for those cases of murder most foul."