To answer this question one must have power to dispose with the sacred right to live. I would readily wash my hands from such power. A list of arguments for or against can be quite objective but when it comes to weighing the arguments to reach a final decision essayists of my kin are helpless. On one hand there is that Old Testament approach to the subject “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” People with such ideal will have no mercy for the criminals who have consciously committed murder. ‘He that smiteth a man so that he die shall surely be put to death” the Good Book says on the subject. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” Behind this idea there is a whole merciless group of lawmakers who would vote for the capital punishment. These are people who would classify killing as lawful and unlawful, reasonable and unreasonable, right and wrong. On the other side in Exodus Verse Thirteen we have one of the Ten Commandments “Thou shalt not kill.” This is the cherished in the New Testament idea that human life is sacred. Its followers will argue that the death penalty is a relic of human barbarism, that murder is murder even on the electric chair and that with setting such example the society does not deter crime. What is the moral sense of killing a killer in order to show to the rest of mankind that killing is immoral? In opposition can be said that law is not always produced by moral values but by practical and logical decisions. The murderer is not an adequate part of humanity therefore, he does not deserve to live and be fed in the state prisons by the tax payers. Somewhere here psychoanalysts will take the floor and explain that socially inadequate is another saying for mentally and emotionally ill, therefore even the most depraved and most ferocious murderers can be tolerated on basis of their mistreatment by society. Ultimately, the capital punishment can be defined as evil but useful. Then we come to a point where the discussion can take other dimensions with no chance to be ever solved justly.