First-degree murder is illegal. The murder must meet several prerequisites to qualify as first degree. The three common requirements for first-degree murder are intent, premeditation, and planning. I used to watch TV, so I thought that they were a motive, a weapon, and a body.
Capital punishment is legal. Capital punishment is the publicly stated intent and plan to kill someone. The idea is that the definitions of first-degree murder and the death penalty are basically the same, except one is justified and sponsored by the state.
I think that’s just wrong, and have for a very long time. I think we should abolish capital punishment right as soon as we flush out the rats in the District. I hear there are rooms opening up in Guantanamo Bay.