Death penalty

SMH: Death penalty the ultimate proof of civilisation’s failure: Kirby. [via Damian]

“Justice Kirby said that inflicting the death penalty was the ultimate acknowledgement of the failure of civilisation. … Justice Kirby said most lawyers opposed the death penalty because the law was fallible, the death penalty had an insignificant impact on murder rates, and it brutalised the state that carried it out. “When we deny [fundamental human rights] we diminish ourselves. We become part of the violence world,” he said.”