Books about the death penalty debate
Owls in the Family by Ruskin Bond‘I had placed one [owl] on a branch of the mango tree, and was stooping to pick up the other, when I received quite a heavy blow on the back of my head. A second or two later, the mother owl swooped down at Grandfather, but he was agile enough to duck out of its way.’
This is a collection of Ruskin Bond’s ‘small town’ stories. Meet Ranji’s wonderful bat which is his lucky charm, along with wacky parrots, ostriches, owls and a number of idiosyncratic characters in other stories. Hold your breath as Romi cycles through a raging forest fire and follow the Boy Scouts on delightful adventures. Lose yourself in timeless romantic classics ‘The Eyes Have It’ and ‘Time Stops at Shamli’ and savour the bittersweetness of ‘The Blue Umbrella’.
Owls in the Family will take you on a journey through childhood and youth—through romance and thrill, leaving you enchanted with Bond’s beautiful world.
The death penalty debate
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Capital cases are a mess because we are too human to conduct them properly -- and too arrogant to concede mistakes. The journalist, author, and Atlantic correspondent, has written a masterful book to be released on February 22 about the application and excesses of state capital punishment regimes. It is as eloquent, important, and accessible an addition to legal scholarship as was Anthony Lewis' first masterpiece, Gideon's Trumpet , two generations ago. By and large, however, the system yields justice. As a former prosecutor and defense counsel, however, I know the system is only as good as the lawyers who administer it -- prosecutors, defense counsel, judges.
While the number of executions worldwide is decreasing, some countries are continuing to execute hundreds of prisoners every year — more than 19, people are currently estimated to be on death row worldwide. In less than 40 years, countries have abolished the death penalty. The recent execution of Australians in Indonesia has brought home the human impacts of state-sanctioned killing. What are the arguments for and against capital punishment? Are there ever exceptions for the worst offenders? Does the death penalty prevent or deter crime? What is Australia doing diplomatically to encourage other states towards abolition?