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I’m against the death penalty, but Lucy Letby has shaken my stance

For most of my life I’ve dismissed those talkback callers and letter writers who suggest, in response to a horrific crime, that governments should bring back the death penalty.

The arguments against are many, familiar and valid: no judicial system is free from error; there is always a risk that an innocent person will be executed; it does not deter crime; it is objectively cruel and inhumane; and it denies an offender the possibility of rehabilitation. I could go on.

But this week, for the first time in a long time, I paused to think as newspaper columnists and callers to radio programs kicked off an inevitable call to bring it back.

The furore follows…

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