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Letter: Capital punishment further degrades us

Capital punishment further degrades us

Susan Estrich, in her column, “Punishment for Tsarnaev,” said that “perhaps the most powerful argument against the death penalty … is that our system is not perfect enough to justify executing convicted criminals.”

Actually, the most powerful argument against the death penalty is that all life has inviolable value, even that of the most heinous criminal. Hard as it is to repress the instinct toward vengeful punishment, our common humanity calls for just this to preserve our human values from further degradation.

The Rev. Benjamin Fiore, S.J.

Buffalo