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These authors ask whether, from a social justice perspective, any consideration of the death penalty raises questions about the right of society to take the life of a person. Citing the case of the televised countdown to executions of Karla Faye Tucker in 1998, some critics now maintain that there is never a valid reason to do so, while others contend that the death penalty is valid because it can act as a deterrent.