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Crime File: The Death Penalty Debate

John Stanley

In a discussion some time ago on the ABC’s Monday night Q&A program, about the two Australian heroin smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who were about to be executed in Bali, one anti-death penalty commentator said that if the death penalty had still applied in Australia, Lindy Chamberlain would be long dead by now.

For a bit of sensationalism to get the anti-death-penalty point across, it could be said that the 1982 Lindy Chamberlain murder case was a good example. That’s if the alleged facts were correct. In reality, for Lindy Chamberlain to have been put to death, even if the death penalty still applied, was an absurdity.

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