posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 02:16 AM
"THE KILLING OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING UNDER CONDITIONS SPECIFICALLY COVERED IN LAW. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed
with malice aforethought, CHARACTERIZED BY DELIBERATION OR PREMEDITATION or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or
arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder)."
The fact that it is being carried out by the state does not change its definition. That alone is enough in my opinion. It doesn't deter violent
crime; if it did, rates should be a lot lower considering how long this punishment has been around.