Dec 29 2014
By Daoud Kuttab
I am in principle opposed to the capital punishment. I am even more opposed to Jordan carrying out this inhuman punishment for a number of reasons.
One of the main reasons people are opposed to capital punishment is the fact that the chance of miscarriage of justice is high.
Throughout history, there are abundant cases of individuals who were executed, only to be proved innocent later.
Through DNA testing, one could see that even some of the world’s most careful judiciaries made mistakes that led to this irreversible punishment.
In Jordan, the judiciary is well respected by the public, but it could still be mistaken. In fact, weeks ago, a scandal led to the early retirement of five senior judges. The fact that judges were part of the scandal points to the potential of a grave miscarriage of justice.
A one percent chance that a wrong judgement can end someone’s life should be reason enough to refrain from carrying out this cruel punishment.
Perhaps the biggest problem I have with the capital punishment, especially in a region like Jordan, is the mistaken understanding that it will work as a deterrent and lower crime rates. There is no scientific proof that this is the case.
Studies show that motives for crime are many and those who carry out acts that result in a capital punishment verdict are bound to continue to act in the same manner, regardless of the penalty. Continue Reading »