Argument: The death penalty does not advance any social objective
Lewis F. Powell, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, (1) in: J. Jeffries, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. 451 (1994) (quoting Powell). - [W]e are the only Western democracy that still has capital punishment. In my view it should be abolished. Let me add just this: It does not deter murders. It serves no purpose.
Keith Ellison, State Representative, Minnesota, in a press release, 12/4/2003. - We need to make clear to all Minnesotans that the death penalty serves no legitimate purpose.