"To Kill Another: Homicide and Natural Law is a pick for any college-level legal history, religion, and political collection and offers an assertion that only public authority has the right to intentionally kill . . . [McAleer] argues there must be consequences for the guilty as well as prohibition against killing innocents."
—James A. Cox, Bookwatch
Public acts of homicide-like capital punishment are now viewed by many as barbaric, even for heinous crimes, while a private act of homicide like the (increasingly routine) starvation of comatose patients is viewed by many as a caring gesture both to patient and family. This privatization of homicide is ongoing in Western law, despite the fact that it runs counter to the rule of law.