Shorter Douthat: We can't stop executing people, because if there's no risk of occasionally killing an innocent person, my friends (who didn't care about killing Troy Davis) won't worry about locking innocent people up for life. Also, too, life in prison is worse than death.

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. The views expressed in the piece are his own, and should not be attributed to Cornell University or Cornell Law School.

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