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Thread #162079   Message #3855654
Posted By: Mr Red
18-May-17 - 03:11 AM
Thread Name: Obit: death of UK child killer Ian Brady
Subject: RE: Obit: death of UK child killer Ian Brady
Scotland never executed anywhere near as many people as England

sounds like a proto-statistic to me. Let us see if we can enlighten.

Scotland is less populous - try %.
Scotland had a ternary murder law. "Unproven".

Before the repeal of capital punishment there was a lot of debate about how "murder" was defined and collected.
And the "manslaughter" charge was used more often in the run-up. A sure fire bona fide statistical fact (as in artifact).

Statistics depend on the question you ask. And the answer you choose to elicit therefrom.

I am not in favour of the death penalty BTW. But I did smile at the (then) comment:
"imprison them and indoctrinate them until they fully understand the import of their misdemeanour. Then kill them"