Tookie, part two

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4 Responses

  1. Netanel Livni says:

    And the Rambam implies in the yad that in cases of murder the king or court should go out of their way to impose the death penalty.

  2. Ori Pomerantz says:

    So, the judicial death penalty is extremely rare. However, the King is allowed to execute people without due process. Is it just my modern sensibilities, or does this sound like a really bad idea?

    Let’s look at a few of our Kings.

    1. Saul, who ordered the priests of Nob executed for helping David, the contender to the throne.

    2. David, who ordered Uriah Hachiti killed to cover his own crime of passion.

    3. Yerab’am, who decided to build two golden calves so people won’t go to Jerusalem for the temple.

    4. Ahab, who did everything his idolaterous wife wanted.

    5. Ahaziyahu, who did everything his idolaterous mother wanted.

    Is the fact we don’t have a king these days a punishment, or a blessing?

  3. Netanel Livni says:

    However, the King is allowed to execute people without due process

    Not without any due process, without the same due process that is required for beis din. If he does it for fun, he is guilty of murder. The king is not exempt from punishment.

  4. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Netanel Livni,

    What is the due process a king has to observe, and is there any human authority with the power to punish him, or is it in the hands of heaven. Many kings did not seem to fear divine retribution, so it wouldn’t deter them.

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