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T-Post: Issue #44: “Death Penalty Economy Measure”

April 30th, 2009

T-Post: Issue #44: "Death Penalty Economy Measure"

Death Penalty Economy Measure

Quite a few American states now consider ending the death penalty. The reason? Well, it seems that killing people cost too much.

T-Post: Issue #44: "Death Penalty Economy Measure"

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, is cited in New York Times (February the 24th, 2009) stating that capital cases cost three times as much as homicide cases where the death penalty is not sought. Capital cases are expensive because the trials tend to take longer, require more lawyers and more costly expert witnesses. They are also far more likely to lead to multiple appeals.

It’s hard not to let the sarcasms sneak into one’s discourse when economy measures is on the table with regard to something as serious as the institutional taking of human lives. For, what conclusion is exactly to be drawn from this? Particularly interesting here is the rhetoric. Because this suggests that the death penalty is a commodity that can not be afforded in economically restrained times.

Design By David Foldvari

This issue was designed by one of our favourite illustrators at the moment – David Foldvari. David is a Hungarian who’s spent most of his life living in the UK.

I was going to tell you a bit about his work but it all sounded so cliché. Dark humour, Eastern European roots, amazing craftsmanship, bla bla bla. Let’s put it this way instead: if you’re interested in seeing the work of one of the most influential and talented illustrators around, go to his website. The illustrations will speak for themselves.

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