But is that what the state of California accomplished when it executed Williams? I’m not so sure it is. If he had been granted clemency and was allowed to continue his anti-gang work, he might have ended up saving a lot of lives. If that’s how things would’ve played out, then putting him to death cost the country more lives than it would have if Williams had been spared. From a consequentialist perspective, I’m not sure how one can justify his execution knowing that there was so much to gain and so little to lose by allowing him to live. But that is, of course, just one point of view, and I do sympathize with the other side of it.
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