6 How. Scroll: Soc. Just. L. Rev. 88 (2003-2004)
Does True Conservatism Equal Anti-Death Penalty

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DOES TRUE CONSERVATISM EQUAL
ANTI-DEATH PENALTY?
ARTHUR L. RIZER III+
Stereotypes   abound     when    talking  about    political
affiliations. One of those stereotypes is that conservatives are pro-
death penalty.'    While this pigeonhole may seem       true,2 the
question of this article is whether it should be.
INTRODUCTION
This Article's intention is to scrutinize the relationship and
conflict  between   the   values  of   conservatism   and   capital
punishment. Further, its purpose is not to discuss whether
convicted murderers deserve to die; in fact, it is this author's
contention that they do.3 Justice would suggest that if you take
+ J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, 2003. magna cum laude;
Federal Clerk for the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik, United States District Court
Judge, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2003-05; Editor, Gonzaga Law Review,
2002-03. 1 would like to thank the members of the 2003-2004 Howard
SCROLL: Social Justice Law Review for their efforts on this Article. I would
also like to thank Professor Williams for teaching the Death Penalty Seminar
which gave me the motivation to write on this subject. Most importantly, I
would like to thank my two boys, A. Gabriel and Asher B. Rizer, and my wife,
Monique G. Rizer, for putting up with the countless late nights.
See Erwin Chemerinsky, Federal Judicial Selection in the New Millennium:
Ideology and the Selection of Federal Judges, 36 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 619, 623-
24 (2003).
2 See CONTRACT WITH AMERICA: THE BOLD PLAN BY REPRESENTATIVE NEWT
GINGRICH, REPRESENTATIVE DICK ARMEY AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO
CHANGE THE NATION 43-44, 53 (Ed Gillespie & Bob Schellhas eds., 1994).
3 For example Ted Bundy who beat Joni Lenz into a coma then violently
rammed a bed rod into her vagina. Rachael S. Bell & Marilyn Bardsley, Attack,
Court TV's Crime Library, Criminal Minds and Methods, at
http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial killers/notorious/bundy/index l.html (last
visited Mar. 17, 2003). Jeffrey Dahmer who killed and ate 12 young men in 13
months, his total body count is not confirmed. Marilyn Bardsley, Runaway
Train, Court TV's Crime Library, Criminal Minds and Methods,
at http://www.crimelibrary.com/serialkillers/notorious/dahmer/train_3.html
(last visited Mar. 17, 2003). John Wayne Gacy who on a three-year-period

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