Why should a murderer ever get a prison sentence shorter than life in prison?

The best argument I've heard against the death penalty is that we can never be entirely certain that a particular individual is guilty of a crime. All it takes for a conviction is certainty beyond reasonable doubt, and there have been cases on record where someone has been falsely convicted of murder.Since death

Has anyone ever been tried and found guilty of murder but not been sent to prison?

In the United States (Florida) there are many different types of murder: felony murder, first degree murder, second degree (reckless) murder, third degree (negligent) murder, driving under the influence manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. So when you say

Why should a murderer ever get a prison sentence shorter than life in prison?

The best argument I've heard against the death penalty is that we can never be entirely certain that a particular individual is guilty of a crime. All it takes for a conviction is certainty beyond reasonable doubt, and there have been cases on record where someone has been falsely convicted of murder.Since death

If an alien came to earth and was killed, would this be considered murder or would it be like hunting an animal?

The view of the American legal system is clear. Murder is the killing of another HUMAN in self-defense or under justifiable provocation. Here the victim is not a human. So there are no laws under which the shooter can be charged with murder. Still there are other aspects that need be examined:i) Alien is

Why is an undocumented person accused of murder judged based on his legal status in the country and not by his crime?

I don't know where this information supposedly comes from, but I'm pretty sure both the illegal crossing and the homicide are judged.

How can one kill an alien?

Killing an alien on the first shot would rather be hard so you have to be sure on one thingthey have to be a live in the first Place then you take as much extreme measures as possibleso basically drop a war head on em and see what happens

Has anyone ever been tried and found guilty of murder but not been sent to prison?

In the United States (Florida) there are many different types of murder: felony murder, first degree murder, second degree (reckless) murder, third degree (negligent) murder, driving under the influence manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. So when you say

Why is it not considered murder if an animal intentionally kills a human being?

The question is, Why is it not considered murder if an animal intentionally kills a human being?The reason that animals cannot

Why do humans murder their own species?

Actually, an interesting phenomenon is observed in spontaneous battles such as riots and hooliganism.When swept up in crowd violence - men (it's usually men, I'm afraid, and quite often us Englishmen) will tend to start behaving in a stereotypical, apparently instinctive way.They start raining blows on their opponents in downward clubbing strikes.What is interesting about this is

Hypothetically, if you were going to kill someone, what would be the easiest way for you to do it and get away with it?

Take a prepaid envelope, and put a slow acting poison on the part that you lick. Address it to an address that looks convincing but which does not actually exist.Place this inside another envelope along with a letter.Depending on your target, the letter could be telling them they've

What is it like to kill someone?

First some backstory.My father was an evil man. Well I wouldn't so much call him a man as his actions weren't that of a man. More of a monster. He beat me, tortured me, raped me, and filmed it all and sold copies of the tapes. I thought my sister was spared the

Why do I want to kill people?

I can certainly relate. And i'd say the cause is "lack of control/power"When I was younger, my father can be outrageously angry over a tiny arguement. I was once told to get off the car during an arguement(he left me at the police station for an hour). I was threatened that if I did not

Why do people kill each other?

Several reasons:Greed (Wars are mostly about resources and getting a bigger piece of the pie)Anger / hate (self-explanatory)Jealousy (which often leads to anger)Fear / survival (someone is afraid and strikes someone else, mostly out of a desire to protect himself from harm)Mental problems (some people are just nuts, like serial killers)Pleasure (sadist behavior

What happened in the murder trial for Ray Lewis?

The facts: Lewis and about 10 friends, including Joseph Sweeting and Reginald Oakley, exited a Super Bowl party at a crowded Atlanta club and were en route to a parked limo Lewis had rented for the night. While walking towards the limo, the Lewis group was involved in an altercation with another group

Is murder only bad because it is playing God?

Let's put your question this way.Why People die? And when they die who is responsible for their death? If god is responsible for the deaths why is he termed as supreme soul in the first place?I guess this is the correct

Can police arrest murderers family members in case of murder or half murder in India?

What happens in real life is anybody's guess, regarding that I will comment when I have more knowledge on it. But at least on paper there is nothing which permits the police to automatically arrest a person's family members once he has been accused of committing a murder (or being a conspirator in one, which is the only thing

Why do police always 'shoot to kill', when incapacitating a subject might be an option, do we just not hear about when this happens?

Police are never trained to ‘shoot to kill'. We are trained to shoot to stop the threat. Once the threat to ourselves and others is no longer present then we move onto secondary actions, such as providing medical attention to anyone in need (including the suspect). Police are

Have you ever seen a murder in real life?

Living in Queens, NY in 2012, I heard gunshots from a few blocks away. I looked out my window (4th floor), and saw a van barreling down the street that was perpendicular to the street I lived on. I saw it weaving back and forth and sideswiping cars

Is murder and killing same?

It's the same if it means a life has been taken.Murder Definition: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.Killing Definition: an act of causing death, especially deliberately.

What are some of the best murder mystery movies?

This particular genre is one I ardently follow and love to watch.Off all the movies I have seen till now, nothing comes closes to this Spanish Movie

Does murder feel good?

Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote "Crime and Punishment." This story is about a poor, disturbed young man named Raskolnikov, who in desperation kills a woman in charge of pawning goods. Raskolnikov did it for money and possessions; but he ends up hiding evidence of his connection to the woman, and becoming jumpy and

Do atheists believe murder is a bad thing?

Yes, much more so than religious people, apparently.Christian terrorism - WikipediaIslamic terrorism - WikipediaJewish religious terrorism - WikipediaSaffron terror - WikipediaBuddhism and violence - Wikipedia

Why doesn't murder being illegal deter murder?

Let's start with the link that you posted in the comment. In typical Vox fashion, they create a false dilemma whereby

Is murder legal when the person being killed is a murderer themselves?

No, absolutely not. In fact, there was a prison inmate named Donald Gaskins who murdered a death row inmate by literally blowing him to bits with C4. Gaskins was tried for his murder and he then was sentenced to death and was electrocuted. Eventually he confessed to

Is it legal to kill a murderer?

Deadly force is justified in self-defense or defense of others. So if you see a murderer (or potential murderer) about to unlawfully use deadly force against you or someone else, and there's no other way to stop him; yes, you may legally kill him.But there is no legal basis for killing a murderer

How is murder morally wrong?

Murder is defined as

If murder is illegal then why is abortion even speakable?

Well I don't see a foetus or a zygote as a viable form of life, its a growth that has the potential to become human but isn't yet. To me, arguing that a foetus is a viable form of life is like claiming the same

Is God a murderer?

You may say he's a slayer, but the laws defining murder are man-made, and human centric. Also they apply only to those born within the social contract.‘Murder' does not accuse or convict God, in the same sense that private property is not recognized by God, who practically owns the

Would it be easier or harder for serial killers like Ted Bundy to kill someone nowadays then back in the 70/80's?

Infinitely more difficult. The way Bundy killed was up close and personal, and he was a necrophile who masturbated on and had sex with the corpses of his victims, so he would have left DNA evidence all over the place. If DNA collection techniques that we have

I think Sridevi's death is a murder, what do you think?

There's a high chance that this is a murder.Everyone except Sridevi returned to India from wedding. And then, her husband went back to Dubai to surprise her.Sridevi didn't come out of her hotel room for 2 days in row. No hotel staff saw her. God knows

Is murder always evil?

Murder in the sense of taking a life is, by definition, unlawful. In a broader sense unlawful can extend to to unlawful and unjustified or unreasonable, i.e. not in self defense, or to prevent greater harm. Thad takes murder to the evil side of

Will the murderous be murdered?

In some systems of thought, yes.  It is called Karma:   What you put into the universe, circles around, gains momentum and returns right back to its originator.  The purpose for this is not 'punishment',  but affording a person the opportunity to experience how their own actions feel to others.  The universe teaches compassion

How to determine if a stranger is a serial killer

You probably won't be able to before it's too late.Most live ordinary lives, often with a family while holding down a job. Ann Rule worked alongside Ted Bundy, a man she became close friends with. Even when she learned he was a prime suspect in a series of murders she dismissed the possibility and

If a serial killer confessed their acts to a priest as they occur, would the priest have a moral obligation to let the police know?

If a serial killer confessed their acts to a priest as they occur, would the priest have a moral obligation to let the police know?The only way for a killer to confess their crimes as they occur is to drag his

What is the best quality, "coolest" knife I can get? I have a thing for weapons.

The best knives are those you forge yourself. Its also very cool making your own blades, axes and swords. It is not easy but you have greater control over the end product. Example I have a low angle filleting knife with a

How do gun owners feel when they see their favorite weapons used to murder so many?

The 2nd amendment is your right to protect yourself from crime and oppression. Gun owners who have committed no crime should not feel guilty for the crimes of others.Do you feel guilty when you're right to free speech and religion is used to radicalize suseptable

What does it feel like to kill a murderer?

I have never killed a murderer, I don't know but for the average person, it would feel awful, even though the victim was a murderer. Most people do not kill another human and feel nothing. They would, I understand, feel shock, outrage, sadness and then acceptance. Now, if you are talking about seeing an execution...the killing of a

When was murder officially made illegal in the United States?

Murder is not 'killing'.Murder have always been illegal, whatever the system or the civilisation.Murder means 'taking a life of your own people without defending yourself, and against the rules of your socity'.We are all social animals. We all belongs to society.Traditionally, if you refused the rule of your society, you became Outlaw. Litteraly, the law

Philosophically, why is murder considered wrong?

Right and wrong is a question of morality. In philosophy, there are no absolute true statements about morality. So, "murder is always wrong" will not hold true. However, murder is often wrong in terms of most definitions of morality. The following universally accepted defintions of morality easily argue murder is wrong:Emmanuel Kant - The Categorical Imperative. Act only

Can you kill someone in the defense of someone else's life?

The answer is almost definitely yes IF that other person is someone who is legally dependent on you. If they're your child or even an elderly parent, I couldn't imagine any prosecutor wanting to charge you. If the person isn't someone who is legally dependent on you, then it's harder to say. If they're part of your family or

What are some good serial killer films?

One of the best serial killer movies that I have seen is Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (filmed in 1986 and released in 1990). Based very loosely on the real-life serial killing duo Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole, the eponymous lead is played by Michael

How long do most murder trials last?

I was a juror on a 1st degree murder trial. It lasted 5 days, half of which taken up by testimony giving a rundown of the chain of custody of every piece of physical evidence in the case. After the closing

I've recently heard rumors of accusations that John Calvin was a mass murderer. Is any of this true?

With reference to John Simpson's answer here, and the general effort by Calvinists to downplay Servetus' murder, here are some quotes from Standford Rives' book