Interesting that the court drew a distinction between death sentences for crimes against individuals where murder wasn't committed vs. crimes against the state, i.e. espionage and treason. This may seem to trivialize the importance of the individual but it makes sense given that the lives of millions may be a stake if one betrays their country, say by passing nuclear secrets to a mortal enemy for example.
That said, I don't support the death penalty in any circumstance for the very reason that the state is in no moral position to decide who should live or who should die. After all, every country on this planet has blood on its hands through the prosecution of wars, etc. The government is not God, and to me who should live and who should die is within God's power, not ours as human beings, no matter how morally repugnant some people's behaviour is. JS
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