Justice vs Vengeance

An Ohio jury this week recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell. He showed no reaction at the sentence and he left the courtroom to applause from the audience for the sentence.

Sowell killed 11 woman and presented no defense in his trial. During the sentencing phase he explained his actions were due to being abused physically and sexually as a child.

Those that debate the death penalty often discuss Justice versus Vengeance. An Eye for an Eye. Is it our right to take a life? Isn’t it what a serial killer deserves?

Justice is usually defined as the quality of being fair and reasonable. Vengeance is a punishment exacted for a wrong.

Is the punishment given to Sowell the Justice he deserved? Is it purely Revenge for what he has done? Or is it most likely a little of both.

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