Dead Man Talking
"It isn't about prevention. It isn't about revenge. It's about justice. If you commit first degree murder, to paraphrase Clint Eastwood, you've robbed a person of everything they'll ever be. By taking another's life, you've given up your right to your own."
"I only need to show the inadequacy of taking the radical action of killing another human being in the name of such a flimsy thing as 'justice.' I am not sure whether to be happy or terrified that Tom is confident enough in a vague, metaphysical assumption such as justice that he would throw the switch that executes a man."