20 A Mother’s Story
capital (crime, punishment) / The Capitol = a building in Washington
execute / execution
lethal (injection)
retribution / revenge
prison / jail
pay one’s debt to society
hate crimes
1st, 2nd degree murder
kidnapped / abducted
jury / juror / judge
prosecution / defense
“insanity defense”
revenge / avenge
jury system
How similar are your views to those of this woman?
Capital punishment: yes or no? (Be sure to prove what you say - “common sense” doesn’t count.)
If yes, under what conditions? (See book.)
What is the primary purpose of prisons: to protect society, to punish the criminal, or to rehabilitate the criminal?
What advantages and disadvantages do you see to Japan’s adaptation of the jury system?
If you were a juror, could you sentence someone to death?
How should mental illness factor into deciding justice?
Self-defense. Defending your country. Law enforcement. Protecting one’s family. When is killing justified?
Could you kill someone? Under what conditions?
Other experiences, stories, research...

Download page: http://tonyinosaka.googlepages.com/tonysensei
Extra Material: http://www.impactseries.com/Issues_new/issues_link.html
Video (opinions):  http://www.impactseries.com/Issues_new/issues_personal_opi.html

The Green Mile
    Movie: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Mile_(film)>    
    Novel (Stephen King): <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Mile_(novel)>
In Cold Blood Novel: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Mile_(film)>
    Movie: <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061809/>
Twelve Angry Men <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Angry_Men>
To Kill a Mockingbird
    Novel: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird> <http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-Harper-Lee/dp/0446310786>
    Movie: <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/>

Murderer’s Row:
Richard Speck - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Speck
John Wayne Gacy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy
Charles Manson - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson
Jeffrey Dahmer - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer

Language note:

In English, “I can’t understand” is much milder than the equivalent in Japanese. It doesn’t carry any sense of the disapproval that “それをわからない” can in Japanese. To express disapproval of words or actions, use “I don’t agree with,” “I can’t accept,” or “we shouldn’t condone.”