Saturday, February 10, 2007

Capital Punishment - A Jewish Perspective What The Torah Clearly Says

Capital Punishment - A Jewish Perspective

The Torah clearly says that there are crimes, which deserve the punishment of death. However, Jewish tradition makes it equally clear that only under the most exceptional circumstances can a human court be so certain of the guilt of the accused that an execution can be carried out. These restrictions include the requirement of two eyewitnesses of unquestionable character and the prohibition of circumstantial evidence and of self-incrimination, even confession. These and other rules make a death sentence virtually impossible in a Jewish court. The procedures and rules governing capital cases in the judicial system of the United States is entirely unacceptable according to Jewish tradition.

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