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Would you say human life is sacred, no matter how vile a murderer, and that the state does not have the right to violate this God-given gift through a mandated death-penalty?

In light of the Gary Gilmore case, do you believe in the liberal application of capital punishment, capital punishment in only the most extreme instances or no capital punishment at all? Do you have a different take on the matter? Defend your position.

Discuss several of the characters in Executioner's Song belief that Gary Gilmore's early childhood experiences in a stifling, restrictive Mormon culture in Provo, Utah, and his later experiences in McClaren School for Boys and Oregon and Marion State Penitentiaries are responsible for his murderous behavior once he is paroled to Provo.

Discuss the possibility that Gary is a congenital psychopath or sociopath, and he is incapable of foreseeing the rational consequences of his...

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