A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Death Penalty Is a Good Thing

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on May 24, 1994, uploaded to YouTube on March 5, 2015.

Guests: Ed Koch, Walter Berns, Susan Boleyn, Ira Glasser, Leon Botstein, Stephen B. Bright, Bryan Stevenson


Many of the arguments regarding the death penalty are familiar: the disproportion between the number of murders and murderers executed; the danger of executing an innocent person. But on tonight’s panel we have three people–Susan Boleyn, Stephen B. Bright, and Bryan Stevenson–who have faced each other recently in court, and who bring the immediacy of those cases with them.